'Doulas are beacons of calming encouragement who enhance pregnancy,
birth and the postnatal experience in incomparable ways'
What are Doulas?
Doulas are people specially trained to give emotional and practical support during pregnancy, labour, birth and postnatal period, supporting the whole family, leading to more satisfying and empowered experiences.
Working with Doulas often leads to a decrease in interventions, caesareans, postnatal depression and birth trauma whilst supporting all round greater satisfaction from the whole family, with the mothers experiencing more spontaneous, shorter labours and an increase in breastfeeding rates.
Doulas are non medical professionals- they do not advise but can support families to find the balanced information relative to their care, supporting informed decision making and informed consent.
More and more women and couples in the UK are choosing to have Doula support
Read to find out the Continuum Doula Movement!
What are Continuum Doulas?
Continuum Doulas work to a new model of Doulaing.
Traditional Doulas will meet with you 2 or 3 times before the birth and once or twice afterwards.
Continuum Doulas are committed to offering around 6 antenatal visits, attendance of the clients birth and 6 postnatal visits.
During the pregnancy a Continuum Doula may support parents during the birth by:
Continuum Doulas also have meetings in the post dates period offering reassurance, guidance and signposting.
During the Birth a Continuum Doula may support parents during the birth by: