“Doulas support women and their families during pregnancy, childbirth and early parenthood. This support is practical and emotional but non-medical in nature.” Doula UK
Doulas do not replace the midwife, perform examinations, or administer drugs or medical advice. A doula believes a labouring woman needs to be taken care of, be supported or ‘mothered’, during her labour and delivery, and also in their early days as a new mum.
We work with a team of amazing women, all mothers themselves, who form the Peterborough Doula Network, more information about the network can be found here.
The services offered are flexible and tailored to the needs of each couple or mother-to-be and her birth partner. Every birth is unique and therefore the type and amount of support needed varies each time. A doula is there to empower you, providing relevant information and supporting your choices through labour and delivery. This enables a more satisfying birth with the feeling of being in control throughout the delivery.
Research shows that having a doula can:
- Reduce labour in first births by 25%
- Decrease caesarean sections by 50%
- Decrease the need for forceps delivery by 40%
- Decrease the need for pain medication
- Increase success in breastfeeding
- Alleviate depression and anxiety