What is a birth doula?
A birth doula is a person who has completed training or is currently training to support women and their families through pregnancy and childbirth. A doula is not medically trained and offers physical, mental and spiritual support.
Klaus, Kennel and Klaus the authors of Mothering the Mother, "How a Doula Can Help You Have a Shorter, Easier and Healthier Birth" have identified the benefits of having a doula at your birth:
~ 50% reduction in caesarean rate
~ 25% shorter labour
~ 60% reduction in epidural requests
~ 40% reduction in oxytocin use
~ 30% reduction in analgesia use
~ 40% reduction in forceps delivery
~ Improving breastfeeding
~ Decreased incidence of postpartum depression
~ Greater maternal satisfaction
~ Better mother-infant interaction
What is a postpartum doula?
A postpartum doula recognises that after the birth of a baby regardless of if it is your first baby or your tenth there will be challenges.
With a current police and working with children's check I can help ease the pressure, even if you're managing perfectly fine (I have no doubt that you can!) I can help with tasks such as laundry, preparing meals, helping with older siblings, do you wanta shower or a nap but baby is being fussy? That's what I am there for to help!
There are lots of statistics and research about the benefits of a postpartum doula.