I am having a hospital birth - do I need a doula?
A doula can be a huge support to you and your birth partner if you are having a hospital birth. As a non medical support person your doula is focused on providing you with physical and emotional support as you birth your baby. The hospital can be very busy and you may not know your care provider beforehand, but you will know your doula and have built up a relationship with her throughout your pregnancy. Your doula will be a familiar face and is there to enhance the relationship between yourself, your birth partner and your care provider. Furthermore as your doula is not employed by the hospital she is there to offer evidence based, impartial and up to date information if needed so that you can make fully informed choices throughout your pregnancy and the birth of your baby.
I am having a hombirth - do I need a doula?
A doula can be a huge support to you and your birth partner if you are having a home birth. As a non medical support person your doula is focused on providing you with physical and emotional support as you birth your baby. Having a doula with you as you birthyour baby at home gives your birth partner more support - it can allow them to take a break and rest if needed, knowing there is still someone there to support you the Mum. It also allows your partner to give you their full attention and frees them up to focus solely on you. There is an extra pair of hands to organise the birth pool or get food sorted, take photographs and keep in touch with the midwife.
Will my doula take over from the role of my birth partner?
Your doula will in no way take over the role of the birth partner. Your doula is there to support you and your partner and to enhance the experience you both have at the birth.