Role of your Doula
My role as a doula is to calmly and skilfully guide you through labour. I work for you and not for the hospital, midwife or obstetrician. I will provide reassurance, encouragement, continuous physical and emotional support to you and your partner. I have techniques and tools to assist you to manage stress and pain during labour. These could include massage, deep breathing, visualisation, hot showers and advice on birthing positions during labour.
As I doula I do not carry out these activities:
Perform routine medical procedures such as vaginal examinations, monitoring your baby's heart beat, assess your contraction patterns, palpate your abdomen to determine the lie of your baby, check your blood pressure & temperature, keep records of all medical information relating to your labour and birth. These procedures are undertaken by your medical team.