If needed, a doula will help you formulate a birth plan and then help to ensure your wishes are carried out during and after labour. In addition to the medical care and the love and support provided by their partners, women need consistent, continuous reassurance, comfort, encouragement and respect.
More and more women are craving the one-to-one care that a midwife is unable to provide. They want someone who can be there all the way through their labour, by their side and on their side which is something a midwife cannot guarantee due to shift changes and having to care for more than one woman. A doula understands that each woman is different and needs individualised care based on their personal circumstances and preferences.
Medical research has shown time and again the importance of emotional support during labour and birth to enhance the woman’s experience of birth as well as positively influencing the birth outcome and bonding experience.