FAQs

Answering Your Questions

What is a doula?

A doula is a person who supports women and their families during pregnancy, birth, and the postnatal period. Most have completed training in pregnancy and birth and have a wide range of backgrounds. Doulas provide continuous emotional, physical, and informational support to families during the birth of their child.

​A doula is not a medical professional. They do not perform medical tests or make diagnoses. Doulas do not judge you for your choices or let their personal values get in the way of providing you unbiased support. They do not replace your birth partner, but work to support you both to have a positive experience.

What is the evidence for a doula?

According to the 2011 Cochrane Review, Continuous Support for Women During Childbirth and other Evidenced Based Birth studies have shown that women who have a doula present during labour and birth are:

  • More likely to have a spontaneous vaginal delivery

  • More likely to have a shorter labour

  • Less likely to give birth with vacuum or forceps assistance

  • Less likely to have a caesarean birth 

  • Less likely to need any pain medication during the labour and birth

  • Less likely to develop postnatal depression

  • More likely for the birthing person and their partner to describe the birth as a positive experience

What areas and hospitals do you cover?

I am based in Richmond and attend births at homes or hospitals that I can reach within 60-90 minutes. These include:

  • Kingston Hospital

  • West Middlesex University Hospital

  • Queen Charlotte's & Chelsea Hospital

  • Chelsea and Westminster Hospital

  • St. George's Hospital

  • St. Thomas'

  • University College Hospital (UCH)

  • Royal Free Hospital

  • St. Mary's Hospital

  • King's College Hospital

  • St Peter's, Chertsey

When should I book a doula?

 As soon as possible and when you are ready. I can get booked well in advance of due dates, but am happy to be there for you if your due date is in a couple of weeks, days, or a week ago.

Do you attend home and hospital births?

Yes. I am here to support your choices and, if you aren't sure, will help you find the information you need to make a decision that is right for your family.

Do you offer emergency doula support?

Yes. I am here to support you, no matter your stage in pregnancy. Please call or email as soon as you can to discuss how I can help.

How do doulas support the non-birthing parent or other birth partners?

Yes. As a doula I am here to support you and your birth partner. I will never try to replace your birth partner or push them aside. I work alongside your birth partner to provide support and reassurance, freeing them up to focus on you or have a much needed washroom break without worrying about leaving you alone.

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