What is a Doula?

The Word ‘Doula’ comes from ancient Greek meaning “a woman who serves” and is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and practical support during the postpartum period.

Studies have shown that when Doulas attend a birth, labours are shorter with fewer complications, babies are healthier and they breastfeed more easily.

Research shows parents who receive support…

Feel more secure and cared for
Are more successful in adapting to new family dynamics
Have greater success with breastfeeding
Have greater self-confidence
Have decreased postpartum depression

(Campbell et al 2007, McGrath and Kennell 2008)

Numerous clinical studies have found that a doula’s presence at birth…

Tends to result in shorter labors with fewer complications

Reduces negative feelings about one’s childbirth experience

Reduces the need for medication, forceps, vacuum extraction and cesareans

Reduces the mother’s request for pain medication and/or epidurals

Why use a Doula?

Women have complex needs during childbirth and the weeks that follow. In addition to medical care and the love and companionship provided by their partners, women need consistent, continuous reassurance, comfort, encouragement and respect. They benefit from individual care based on their circumstances and preferences. Doulas are prepared to provide physical (non-medical), emotional, and informational support to women and their partners during labour and birth, as well as to families in the weeks following childbirth. Doulas offer a loving touch, positioning and comfort measures that make childbearing women and families feel nurtured and cared for.

My Birth Package

My Doula services include the following:

Prenatal Preparation

Preparing a Birth Plan with you, providing important information and lots of emotional support.

Birth Doula Support

Guiding you through labour hand in hand while providing psychical and emotional support

Postnatal Support

We will have two home postnatal sessions in which we will discuss and practice breastfeeding, sleeping and any issues you'd like.

Help with Breastfeeding

As some mums struggle with breastfeeding, I will make sure you are as ease with feeding your baby and can help and guide you through the difficulties of getting started.

 

Birth Package:

Antenatal:

I look forward to meeting you for an initial, no obligation interview. This is an opportunity for you to ask questions and explore your ideas on birth. Once booked I offer unlimited phone calls and emails throughout your pregnancy and up to six weeks after birth. I have an extensive book library and also a tens machine that I can lend you for birth. Antenatal visits include discussions of birth physiology, birth plan, hospital bag, birth preferences and exploring techniques to help cope with labour. 

On Call Period:

As you reach week 38 of your pregnancy, we will go into the On-Call period, in which I will be available 24/7 to come and support you. During this time I will remain nearby and be ready to help you and your partner through labour.

Birth:

I will stay at your side throughout the birth (unless you choose otherwise) and untill you and baby are settled and recovered in the post natal ward.I can help you with that first breast feed and shower after the birth.

I am a keen photographer and am happy to photograph your birth or those very special first moments, while providing continuous support through the entire labour and birth process.

Postnatal:

After birth I am still there to offer advise and support, both emotional and practical, especially with breastfeeding. I encourage mothers to rest and can look after your newborn during that time.Ultimately, I aim to leave you rested and confident.

Doula UK

I have a profile at one of the major UK doula organisations website. Click on the link below to see it:

Nina Forman Doula UK

Doula Access Fund

I also volunteer my services through the Doula Access Fund.

Antenatal sessions are relaxed, fun, and the a good place to get to know each other so that when the time comes, I will be not only a familiar face, but someone you have got to know and feel comfortable with.