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What is a doula? Simply put, a doula is a birth assistant. A doula is trained to give one-to-one continuous support to a woman in labour. A doula’s support is non-medical. She will offer emotional and practical support as well as informational care to a woman before, during, and after her baby is born. A doula also provides support to a woman’s partner and/or family and her presence is one of comfort and reassurance for both the birthing mother and her partner. Through ‘mothering the mother’ a doula provides a level of personal care that enhances the childbirth experience for the whole family.

Is a Doula the same as a Midwife? No, a Doula does not provide any medical care. Doulas do not perform clinical or medical tasks such as taking blood pressure or temperature, monitoring fetal heart rate, doing vaginal examinations or providing postpartum clinical care. Because she does not have these responsibilities or other patients to attend to, she is able to remain at the mother’s side for the entire length of her birth to provide support and comfort.

What are the benefits of hiring a doula? Findings from recent studies and reviews indicate that women who received continuous support offered by a doula have:

  • 50% fewer caesarean sections
  • Reduction in the use of forceps vacuum by 40%
  • 60% fewer requests for epidurals
  • 40% reduction in the use of synthetic oxytocin for inductions or augmentations
  • 30% reduction in use of pain medication
  • 25% reduction in labour length
  • Increased rates of breastfeeding at 6 weeks post-partum (51% vs 29%)
  • Higher self-esteem (74% vs 59%), less anxiety (28% vs 40%) and less depression (10% vs 23%) at 6 weeks post-partum

How will you work with my partner? I’m interested in hiring a doula, but my partner is concerned that they will be left out of the birth.  As a doula, my job is never to take the place of the partner. Our roles during the birth are complementary since I have an intimate knowledge of birth and your partner has an intimate knowledge of YOU. My presence helps to reinforce your partner’s role through my continued support and guidance. Having a doula present can help to alleviate some of the pressure from the partner, allowing them to participate at a level they feel comfortable with. Doula support also offers partners the benefit of being able to take breaks when needed while having the peace of mind that you will be continually supported. As a doula I am always respectful of privacy and am aware that there may be times during labour that you might like to spend some time alone with your partner. I am always happy to take a walk whilst remaining close at hand. I always keep my phone handy so I can be called back whenever needed.

I want to stay at home for as long as possible before I go into hospital. Will you come to my house and support me there? Absolutely! Women often make great progress labouring at home since the environment feels safe and familiar. Depending on where you live and how far along your labour seems to be, I am happy to come to your home to offer support until you decide that it’s the right time to go to hospital.

Which hospitals do you work at? I work at whichever hospital you choose to give birth at. In the past I have worked at Bumrungrad International, Samitivej Sukhumvit, BNH, Kluaynamthai and Ruamphat Hospital in Surin.

If I want an epidural or other pain relief will you support my decision? Of course! Each woman’s birth experience offers different challenges and her choices are deeply personal. I support whatever decision on pain relief a woman chooses to make. Whilst an epidural will reduce some of the physical sensations of labour, it is still physically and emotionally challenging and I will be there to support you.

How about Cesarean birth?  I have supported several Cesarean births; both planned and unplanned. In most cases doulas are not permitted into the operating room (although I have been granted access on occasion) but there is still plenty of support that I am able to offer you, both before and after the birth if your baby is born by Cesarean.

What is your birth philosophy? I get asked this a lot. I feel however, that as a doula what is more important is what YOUR birth philosophy is. My role as a doula is to support YOU and your decisions. As your doula, whatever is your birth philosophy becomes my birth philosophy.

If you have any other questions not listed here, please feel free to contact me.

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