Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Doula?
A Doula is someone who is experienced and can offer emotional and practical support to a birthing person and their family before, during and after birth. This enables them to feel supported and empowered throughout their whole journey into parenthood.
A Doula will listen, signpost and give you the tools to empower yourself to make informed choices using evidence-based information.
Doulas are not medical professionals and will not take on a clinical role. Doulas do not advise or make decisions for you.
Do I really need a Doula?
I cannot answer this question for you, it needs to be your choice. It depends on what you are looking for, your situation and experiences.
I can tell you that the research has shown that by having a Doula as part of your support network can reduce your chances of having an abdominal birth, instrumental birth, an induction, the need for pain killers or an epidural. It also shows an increased likelihood of breastfeeding being initiated if this is how you would like to feed your baby.
What is your experience, training and qualifications?
I trained as a Nurse and then completed specialist training to become a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse and then an Early Intervention SCPHN until I left my role in the NHS in May 2020. Throughout the 10 years I was with the NHS I supported multiple families during pregnancy and the early childhood years. I received WHO Baby Friendly Breastfeeding Training, most recent update 2019.
I completed the Nurturing Birth Expansive Doula Course to become a Birth and Postnatal Doula in August 2020.
I completed The Calm Birth School Hypnobirthing Instructor Course in August 2020.
I completed The Mindful Breastfeeding School Training for Professionals Course in September 2020.
I completed The Queer Birth Club LGBT+ Competency Workshop in July 2020.
I am currently enrolled on the Traumatic Birth Recovery Online Course; Understanding and Supporting Perinatal Depression.