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  • International Workplace
  • 1 January 2018
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What doulas do

Doula support helps women and families in all kinds of situations, who have different kinds of births and make a wide range of parenting choices. The services offered by a doula vary greatly according to the needs of the women, couple or family that she is working with.

Doulas do not take a clinical role and work alongside midwives and doctors. They do not advise but can support a woman to find balanced information to make informed decisions about her maternity care.

Birth doulas provide continuous support, for women and couples, through pregnancy, labour and birth and the immediate postnatal time. Postnatal doulas provide flexible practical and emotional support postnatally for new mothers and families in their own homes. Some doulas work as both birth and postnatal doulas, while others work only as birth doulas or postnatal doulas.

Doulas usually meet with potential clients for an ‘interview’ before being booked. This gives both client(s) and doula(s) the opportunity to see if they are a good ‘fit’ for each other.