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WHAT DOES A BIRTH DOULA DO?

 A birth doula offers you the best of both worlds.  She will be able to offer you time and continuity and will listen and offer relevant information so you can make your own choices based on your own individual needs.  Initially, she will spend time getting to know you and your birth partner, discuss coping techniques, positions, relaxation and breathing and help you draw up your birth plan.  During labour she will create an environment and atmosphere that enables you to retain control, keep to your birth plan and use all your coping techniques.  Usually this is enough and the baby will gently slide into the midwife’s gloved hand with minimal trauma to yourself and the baby.  Occasionally things don’t go to plan, it happens, but be assured, the NHS is second to none when dealing with problems and the doula will stay with you until after the baby is born and she is satisfied you have no more need for her services.

 

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