What is a doula?

A doula is there to hold the space for you to bring new life into the world. Doulas are a source of support and practical information for the transition to motherhood and parenthood and are there to listen, to give confidence and to be without judgement. A doula can help to prepare for the birth you envisage,  support you through labour and birth itself as well as being there for the postnatal healing and transitioning period. Doulas are often invited to be present for the arrival of a second or third child, as well as a first-baby experience.

Doulas are not medically trained and do not have any role in clinical or medical diagnosis. A doula will suggest things or signpost resources and provide encouragement and emotional support, as well as a continuous presence through the childbearing year and the changes it brings.

Do I need a doula?

A woman may feel she needs a doula for many different reasons. Sometimes she is disappointed that continuity does not occur in her prenatal care, and wishes to have someone who 'knows her' involved in the experience. Some may have had a traumatic birth, or feel nervous at how birth may unfold and would like a reassuring presence. Some women feel overwhelmed at the changes coming and the volume of information available and would like some help in finding the right way for herself. In all of these situations and many more a doula may be able to help.

What are the next steps?

If you would like to explore having a doula involved the next step would be to have an informal co-interview. This is a chat where we meet face-to-face to see if it could feel right to work together. It is usually a good idea to meet with several potential doulas , and often doulas will recommend one another to mothers and couples they feel would be a good fit.

Can Rachael be my doula?

I have completed the Doula Training Course with Conscious Birthing and Kate Woods, and am a mentored doula and member of the Scottish Doula Network, which is an incredibly supportive organisation both to birthing women and the doulas working with them. If you would like to speak to me about doula-ing, either in general or in regards to me being your doula, just get in touch!

Further Information

Here are a couple of websites with more doula related information: