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Postnatal Doula support

The word ‘doula’ is a Greek word meaning ‘handmaiden’ or ‘servant’ but the modern doula is neither servant, but nor is she a midwife. The roles of a doula can be split into two – birth support and post- birth support. At this time, Caroline is not a birth Doula, but may be able to make allowances if time and situation permits.

Postnatal doulas assist the new mother AFTER the baby is born by helping her to establish breastfeeding, running a few errands, doing some light housework, helping with the care of any other children and providing opportunities for her to rest and recover from the birth. The doula also provides emotional support by encouraging mum to discuss her feelings about the birth and her new role, discussing aspects of babycare and by providing a shoulder to cry on or moan to if required. These are all tasks that in days gone by would have been provided by relatives who all lived nearby but today for various reasons, i.e. geography, work commitments, this is not always possible.

Mums often feel tired, sore and low after the birth and in today’s society they are not given enough encouragement to ‘recover’ and to look after themselves before being made to feel they should be ‘back on their feet’. Many women feel upset and distressed that they cannot do everything as easily as before and sometimes, when feeling exhausted, even the simplest tasks can be overwhelming. Research has suggested that the presence of a doula can help reduce post-natal depression as it allows mum to concentrate on bonding with her baby and time to rest without worrying about the running of the house.

You will find that Caroline provides a nurturing presence and non-judgmental support designed to ease your transition from pregnancy to new parenthood.

It is important to know that Doulas are NOT health professionals although some are nurses, and will not offer medical diagnosis or treatment. They exist primarily to help the mother.

As a Mentored Doula, which essentially means Supervised by a more qualified Doula, Caroline's rates and packages are significantly less than a Recognised Doula. Please contact Caroline to discuss costs further.

Caroline is a proud Chiswick Doula