I really enjoyed this article in last month’s mindbodygreen relationships section. www.mindbodygreen.com is an American website concerned with physical and mental wellness, though the topics of pregnancy, childbirth and maternal health are also relevant to the UK. The author Ashley Spivak, herself a registered doula, explains eloquently the benefits for all pregnant women (and their partners) of having a birth doula either at hospital, birth centre or homebirth when your baby is being born.
She outlines how a birth doula will help you to understand the events that will happen during late pregnancy, early labour and birthing your baby. A birth doula will signpost sources of additional information to help you to make informed choices. During labour and childbirth she will stay with you throughout, helping you to communicate your wishes with medical professionals and keeping the atmosphere as calm as possible for you and your partner.
She also explains how every pregnant woman would benefit from having a doula present at her birth. Doulas are proven to increase the chances of a positive birth experience for the mother, father and the new born baby.
If you are considering hiring a doula please have a look at my website www.claritydoula.co.uk and contact me for a chat or to arrange an interview. I have recently trained as a birth and postnatal doula in South East London. I would love to meet expectant mums in Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich and Kent to discuss how I might be able to help them to prepare for a happy and calm childbirth and transition to early motherhood.