Doula a Greek word that means "a woman who serves".
A doula is trained in the art of birth support, where she learns about helpful positions, support methods and tools to help labouring women feel more comfortable and more supported. A doula provides emotional, physical, and instructive assistance to a mother before, during , and just after birth. She acts as a champion for the mother by providing continuous care and encouragement with pain-relief techniques, including breathing, relaxation, and massage as well as labouring positions. The doula's function is to help women have a safe, memorable, and empowering birthing experience whether a vaginal birth or a caesarean.
The role of the doula is never to take the place of husbands or partners in labour but rather to complement and enrich their experience. Having a doula allows the father to support his partner emotionally during labour and birth. Dads can enjoy being involved without the added pressure of trying to remember everything.
After the birth, doulas will spend time helping mothers begin the breastfeeding process and encouraging bonding between the new baby and other family members.
Studies have shown that having a doula as a member of the birth team decreases the overall caesarean rate by 50%, the length of labour by 25%, the use of oxytocin by 40%, and requests for an epidural by 60%. Having a doula present at your birth will make it less likely that you'll want or ask for pharmaceutical pain relief.
where are you located
Mamma-Nurture is located in the east of Pretoria and provide services in the Pretoria area.
can i have a doula if i plan to have my baby in the hospital ?
Yes, we can practice at any of the following hospitals;
can i have a doula if i plan to have a c-section ?
Yes, a doula's function is to help women have a safe, memorable, and empowering birthing experience whether a vaginal birth or a ceasarean.