Eleanor Fowler - Experienced Birth & Post Natal Doula (& Night Nanny Service) in Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Hertfordshire.
If you are looking at my site you are probably pregnant or have just welcomed a baby into your family, in which case huge congratulations to you and all the members of your family.
"There is a power that comes to a woman when they give birth. They don't ask for it, it simply invades them." A Wise Birth by Penny Armstrong & Sheryl Feldman
What is a Doula?
Doula is a Greek word for 'Woman servant' or 'Caregiver'
... is a trained labour and birth 'companion' who will stay with a woman or birthing person throughout their labour in order to help make the birth experience a positive and rewarding one.
... understands the physiology of birth and the extremely important emotional needs of you when you're in labour.
... will provide continuity and familiarity during an unfamiliar event.
... will support your choices in labour regarding pain relief; it is your body!
... will not replace your primary birth partner or midwife, she will work respectfully alongside them, as part of a team.
... can enhance the understanding and communication between you and any medical staff.
... will ensure that you are not left alone during labour when you need support.
... does not advise, but encourages you to look at all your options and to make informed decisions.
... does not diagnose or treat medical conditions, perform clinical tasks, project her own opinion onto you or make decisions for you or your partner (if you have one).