What is a birth doula?


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What is a birth doula?

A birth doula is a trained and experienced birth companion, a non medical person who provides physical assistance and emotional support to the mother and her families during childbirth.

Why do I need one?

Studies have shown that when doulas attend birth, labours are shorter with fewer complications, babies are healthier and they breastfeed more easily.

I still don’t quite understand what does a birth doula REALLY do?

A birth doula is a big sister you wish you had! A non judgemental, always supportive one who won’t argue with you on your choice! She is there to comfort you, to hold your hands, to help your partner to help you better (!), to reminds you to eat during labour, to remind your partner to feed the parking metre (!), she is a dictionary to explain you and your partner what are all the medical terms mean, she is also the photographer if you want her to be, the list goes on. A doula is a multitasking person to help you with your birth journey.

Sound amazing! How much does it cost? 

The full birth doula service: 750 Euro

  • antenatal coaching (2 x 2 hours) – what to buy, what not to buy, how to organise baby stuff, advise on birth preparation, discussion on birth plan, what to bring to the hospital, what you need for a homebirth, etc. in the comfort of your own home or a location of your choice (a park, a cafe, etc)
  • information on how to navigate the Irish maternity service
  • phone and email support during your pregnancy – I will answer any random birth questions you might have, ‘someone is selling me a second hand breast pump, should I take it?’ ‘my baby is still breech at the moment, can I do something about it?’ etc etc
  • on call for 2 weeks before your due date, until your baby is born – meaning: I will be with you any time, any day within 2 hours.
  • support during labour and birth – up to 2 hours after birth
  • one postpartum visit – debrief your birth experience, answer any childcare questions, breastfeeding support, etc. (additional Postpartum Doula Package can be purchased separately)

What if my sister and my partner is already attending the birth? But I still really want someone knowledgable to help me? (Or other reasons you need antenatal and postnatal support…) 

The antenatal doula service: 250 Euro

Sometimes, some mothers might not want to have a doula at their birth for various reasons, e.g. there is already another family member plus father who are already at the birth, or you prefer to keep the number of people in the room to the minimum, etc, then getting an antenatal doula is perfect for you.

  • antenatal coaching (2 x 2 hours) – what to buy, what not to buy, how to organise baby stuff, advise on birth preparation, discussion on birth plan, what to bring to the hospital, what you need for a homebirth, etc. in the comfort of your own home or a location of your choice (a park, a cafe, etc)
  • information on how to navigate the Irish maternity service
  • phone and email support during your pregnancy – I will answer any random birth questions you might have, ‘someone is selling me a second hand breast pump, should I take it?’ ‘my baby is still breech at the moment, can I do something about it?’ etc etc

You might also want to check out my postpartum doula service if you think you might need support after the baby arrives. I offer education, companionship, assistance in newborn care, family adjustment, meal preparation, light household tidying, etc. A postpartum doula is like the big sister you wish you had, except she is not judgement and won’t criticise you!