So, what is a Doula and What Do You Get Out of Having One?
A doula is a well-informed friend. She’s there for you when you need a listening ear. She points you in the direction of good quality information to help you make decisions along the way. She encourages you to work out what it is you want from this adventure you are embarking on. She gives you space to hear your inner voice.
She supports your decisions unconditionally, whatever and however you choose. She will never judge you. She will never, ever expect you to listen to her worries in return or let her own birth or mothering experiences colour her attitudes. This is your story, with you as the heroine – your doula is a handmaiden, not a main character.
A doula is a help-mate, a mother-figure, a sister. She has a wealth of practical tips to ease you along the journey. She wants you to enter motherhood feeling strong, capable and excited at what the future holds.
A doula supports the father or partner. Aiding them in the job of helping you. She never forgets this important part of the puzzle. She nurtures the whole family, if necessary
A doula realises that having a baby is as much about the process as the product: the experience of childbirth can either leave you euphoric, strong, proud and ready for motherhood or emotionally fragile and disempowered.