Preparing for Childbirth - Doula Support
A doula, or trained birth companion, helps parents on their pregnancy and childbirth journey so that they can feel informed, understand their options, feel prepared for the birth of their baby and be free of fear or beliefs that limit their chances of a positive birth experience. In short, doulas help make birth calm, comfortable and empowered, supporting parents informationally, emotionally and physically! These benefits have a long-lasting impact on the new mother’s perception of herself, her baby and her ability to mother her child. A positive birth is an important step towards empowered, successful parenthood.
Ultimately, the experience of birth is unique to every woman but understanding your options in advance, deciding on your preferences, being aware of your strengths and weaknesses, and having someone to guide you through the ups and downs before, during and after birth, can make all the difference!
By choosing your primary care providers and support persons carefully you can increase your chances of having a positive, uncomplicated birth experience where you and your husband or partner feel relaxed, supported and empowered and your baby can be brought into this world in a calm and joyful manner.
The Benefits of Doula Support
Whether you are planning a homebirth, or hospital birth, natural birth or caesarean, doulas provide you with emotional and physical support and help you to make informed decisions regarding your birth process. Worldwide studies have shown that women labouring with the support of a doula were the ones with:
40% shorter labour, 50 % fewer caesareans, 60% less epidural requests and 40% reduction in use of forceps.
the following increases:
~ Attachment and bonding between parents and baby
~ Positive feelings about giving birth
~ Mother and baby well-being
~ Successful breastfeeding
the following decreases:
~ Perception of pain during labour
~ Incidence of postpartum depression
~ Need for medical intervention
The Role of a Doula
WOMBS Doulas are mothers themselves and are trained to:
- Recognise birth as a key life-experience for the parents (mother and husband/partner)
- Understand the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labour
- Assist the woman and her partner with carrying out their birth plan
- Provide emotional support, physical comfort measures and an objective viewpoint
- Help facilitate access to unbiased information in order to make informed decisions
- Nurture and protects the woman's memory of the birth
- Help the mother find effective non-medical ways to cope with labour
- Give soothing and comforting verbal support
What Do Doulas Charge?
R3,950 (R1,950 booking fee + R2,000 balance due after the birth)
- Consists of: 1-2 prenatal visits* - We get to know each other and discuss your choices/questions/concerns/birth plan.
- Availability (over a four week period covering your due date).
- Support via phone/whatsapp throughout the contract period.
- Support during labour and birth.
- Help with initial breastfeeding.
- 1 postnatal visit.*
- Contacts for health practitioners/specialists/products as required.
* If you would like further support, extra visits can be arranged at a cost of R350 per hour.