Why hire a Doula?

Why hire a Doula?

Because it is one of the best gifts you can ever give yourself. Your experience of the birth of your child is something that you will remember forever.

A Doula is a trained professional offering women physical and emotional support before, during and after labour. I will do this by being unbiased and supporting your preferences and choices. Our journey together will start well before the birth of your baby (if possible) as I am equipped to answer many of your questions, offering you guidance and accurate, evidence-based information to prepare for birth. This will enable and empower you to structure and voice your preferences regarding your labour and birth.

I will offer you continuous emotional and physical support during labour and birth, keeping you company, massaging you, encouraging you, keeping you as comfortable as possible and suggesting different labour positions. I will be the experienced and knowledgeable companion by your side throughout this amazing experience.

Although having a Doula if you will be without a partner during the birth is a great plan (actually, a necessity), it is important to keep in mind that a good Doula will never override the role of a supporting partner who can be present. I will rather get the partner as involved as possible and support him/her though the entire process and suggest methods to support you during labour – they are usually keen and willing, but often unsure of what to do to help.

Some benefits of having a Doula

Some benefits of having a Doula

28% less likely to have a caesarean birth (some studies indicate a reduction of up to 50%)

31% less likely to use synthetic oxytocin to speed up labour

9% less likely to use any pain medication (some recent studies indicate a 60% reduction in the use of epidurals)

34% less likely to rate their childbirth experience negatively

The significance of the Japanese Maple

Associated with peace and serenity of the world’s elements, Japanese maple trees represent balance and practicality and are called “kito” in the Japanese language, which means “calm,” “rest” or “at peace”. The Japanese word sometimes used to refer to the leaves, means “baby hands”.