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"If a doula were a drug it would be unethical not to use it."
Dr. John H. Kennel
What is a
The term "Doula" derives from the greek word meaning servant of a woman.
In ancient times and even today in various cultures, birthing women were being supported emotionally and surrounded by experienced and wise women. In order to focus on looking after their newborn, their healing and restoring of energy, women were also nurtured by a caring and protective circle of women during the postpartum period. In our modern culture the importance of this precious time has been widely forgotten. Very often young mothers are left alone with the baby, other children and daily life at a very early stage. This is the gap that a doula can fill in by offering emotional and practical support during this deeply transformational time to give you and your baby the best possible start into this life.
As a doula I support you and your family on your journey of motherhood through your pregnancy, birth and postpartum period. My services are free of any medical responsability and can be understood as a great add on to the support that you get from midwives and obstetricians.
The focus of my work is on your emotional, practical and spiritual wellbeing, because you are very well looked after and nurtured you will also be able to nurure your baby better and regain your personal energy. If needed, I support you in taking self-determined decisions according to evidence-based facts and your own intuition or do signposting.
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Good reasons for doula support
Various studies around continuous support during birth are proving the incredible difference a doula might make for birth and the early postpartum period:
50% less risk of getting a cesarian
41 % reduced risk of needing a forceps birth
28% reduced demand of painkillers and anaesthesia
60% reduced rate of epidurals
25% shorter length of birth
39% less likely to receive labour inducing medicine
33% lower rate of women being dissatisfied with their birth
References pointing towards any easier start adaptation and healing in the postpartum period.
(the figures were extracted from the study, „Continuous support of women during birth“ carried out by the Cochrane Collaboration 2017)
"Happy healthy and holy beginnings
for a happy healthy and holy future generation."