The role of a doula is to provide physical, emotional and spiritual support – as well as evidence-based information, to birthing mothers and families. Their role is non-medical and purely supportive. They will advocate for you and your birth preferences and be there for you on your journey. They represent the village.
A connection is developed with your doula during pregnancy by meeting on several occasions (usually in your own home), which solidifies a warm and trusting partnership in the lead up to birth. Getting to know each other really helps a doula provide support specifically for your needs, making the experience as special and positive as possible.
Anyone can have a doula or birth assistant. Whether you are in the public or private hospital systems, private birth retreat or having a private home birth – we encourage you to explore how having a doula could help you. These services are supportive of, and complimentary to your care providers services.