A Doula’s main role is to accompany women and their partners in labour to help ensure a satisfying birth experience. The aim of a Doula is to enhance the well being of the mother during pregnancy, labour and birth.
We offer help and guidance on comfort measures such as breathing, relaxation techniques, movement, and positioning. Perhaps the most crucial role for Doulas is to provide continuous emotional reassurance and comfort to the labouring mother.
Doulas are not medically skilled and don't perform clinical tasks. A Doula's goal is to help the woman have a safe and satisfying birthing journey, as defined by the woman. When a Doula is present, some birthing women feel less need for pain medications or may postpone the need until later in labour. However, some women may need pain relief, and the Doula's role is not to judge or discourage her from receiving it. The comfort and reassurance offered by the Doula are beneficial, regardless of the use of pain medication.
If we are to heal the planet, we must begin by healing birthing.
~ Agnes Sallet Von Tannenberg