A doula is also called pregnancy and birth coach. The word doula comes from ancient Greek and means 'serving woman'. She is a skilled, experienced woman who, in addition to medical care, provides practical and emotional support for the birth of your child. She also creates an environment in which you are encouraged to trust your own body and strength. The presence of a doula also means support and relaxation for the partner.
Why a doula?
Giving birth with a doula means guidance and attention from a woman who stays with you until well after the birth of your child. Who listens to you, supports, assists and encourages you. Who is there for your partner, so that he can relax more and there can be more for you.
Research has shown that the continuous support of the doula leads to deliveries that are considerably shorter, are perceived as less painful and are accompanied by fewer interventions. The bond between mother and child is also strengthened, breastfeeding is getting better and above all, the woman looks back positively on her delivery.
What does a doula do?
Doulas works personally and adapt to what you need. In the pregnancy there are three interviews, in which the birth process, any previous deliveries, your uncertainties and your wishes and expectations come up for discussion. If you want, a birth plan can also be made. These are beautiful conversations to gain confidence in yourself and the birth process. From week 37 the doula is 'on call', and you can call her as soon as the delivery starts.
During childbirth (at home and in the hospital) a doula can massage, reassure, support with breathing and relaxation, give encouragement, take care of food and drink, make a hot jar, help to find the right attitude. Someone who simply does what is needed, from tea making to massaging. In short, a doula.
'We are so happy that our doula has supported us. She was there to help me through my contractions and to guard our wishes in the hospital and to stand by in the period afterwards! The report she has given later is also a wonderful document for us and our daughter. To re-read how it had already gone ... In short, we recommend it to everyone! '
"I have run marathons, I have crossed high mountains with heavy packs and I have sometimes played a 40-hour shift, but my wife's birth was the hardest and most exhausting thing I have experienced in my life. We could never have done it without the doula. She was really invaluable to us. "
From Oliver In Pregnancy