A little bird told me ..... you're having a baby. Congratulations!
Welcome to Birth Blessings….supporting parents through pregnancy, birth and beyond in Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, North and West London and surrounding areas.
What is a doula?
A doula is woman experienced in childbirth and trained to provide emotional, physical and informational support to a woman who is pregnant, in labour or has recently given birth. The doula's role is to help women have a positive and empowering birth experience.
My role as birth doula, is to provide you with unconditional support, information and encouragement to help you approach your labour and birth with confidence. I meet with parents at their home twice during the pregnancy, to help you plan and prepare for the birth of your baby. I will support these choices in labour and be your advocate.
I am totally committed to your well-being and will be 'on call' for your labour, from 38 weeks of pregnancy and stay with you throughout labour and birth. In labour, I am there to comfort and support you by tending to your physical and emotional needs. I can help with massage, relaxation and breathing techniques and suggestions for labouring positions and movements. Above all, I am a calm, positive and encouraging presence.
I work alongside the midwife and your birth partner as part of a team, enhancing and complementing the care. I understand that there can be great expectations and pressure placed on birth partners and encourage them to participate at whatever level they feel comfortable with.
My role as a postnatal doula is to be there for you in the first weeks after the birth to ease the transition with your new baby. I can offer support and information on feeding and caring for your baby. On a practical level, help with household tasks such as laundry, shopping, preparing meals or looking after siblings, so that you are able to relax, recuperate and bond with your baby. I'm also happy to help you get some rest by looking after baby while you catch up on sleep or take a bath.
Emotional support is equally important in those early weeks and sometimes it's good to be able to talk things through over a cup of tea. Support is flexible and tailored to the needs of each family, with the aim of creating a nurturing and restful atmosphere for you at this special time.
What are the benefits of having a Doula?
A recent Cochrane Review, Continuous Support for Women During Childbirth, revealed a very high number of positive birth outcomes when a doula was present. Women were less likely to have pain relief medications administered, less likely to have a caesarean birth or forceps and reported a more positive childbirth experience.
(Findings taken from: Hodnett ED, Gates S, Hofmeyr GJ, Sakala C. Continuous support for women during childbirth. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2007, Issue 3. Art. No.: CD003766. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD003766.pub2)