What is a Doula?

Doula support

So you might have googled ‘Doula Near Me’  or find my Doula.  A myriad of searches may have brought you here.  But what is a doula?  And Why do you need one!

The First time I heard the word Doula …

I can remember the first time I heard the word ‘Doula’ it was said in the same sentence that mentioned ‘Independent Midwives’.  I was well in my 30’s and had already had 3 children.  I was amazed that I could have had private independent care!  

I had visions of Middle Aged hippy women wearing flowing skirts, cardigans and beaded necklaces!  I couldn’t have been further from the truth!  Most of the doulas I have come into contact with since I started this journey have been younger women with a passion for birth that they just want to spread to other birthing people.  When you get the Birthing bug – you are caught!  You have no option but to share the love of physiological birth with whoever you meet.

So I have learned, over the last few weeks that I have been doing my Developing Doula training, that Doula’s are not just for hippies who want to chant their babies out with splashing water and scent sticks!

They are for all birthing people! THEY ARE FOR YOU!

So whether you are planning an Elective Caesarean, whether you are planning to have your baby on the Delivery Suite with Obstetric care nearby.  Or whether you are having a straightforward pregnancy and are after the safety of a Homebirth, or a Waterbirth at the Birthing Centre. I can support you whether you choose to birth at Medway Hospital’s The Birth Place.  Or at Maidstone’s Birth Centre.  I can support you at QEQM, Margate, or at the William Harvey Hospital at Ashford.  Pembury Hospital is also within my catchment area which covers all of Kent and into the London borough of Bexley.

It does not matter whether you plan a home, hospital, birthing centre or to give birth in your garden, As your Doula, I can help you navigate the system!

Doula’s come in all shapes and sizes, and there will be a doula that you instantly click with when you meet them.  We are a well trained, informed bunch of practitioners who can support all kinds of births in all sorts of settings. As a former Midwife, my expertise is translating the medical jargon and making the most complicated medical conditions seem manageable where possible.

You are the pregnant person, your vision for your birth is unique to you and as your Doula, I will support your vision wherever and however you choose to birth.

Published by Medway Hypnobirth

My name is Gill and I am the founder of Medway Hypnobirth. I am a former Midwife with over 15 years experience in antenatal, labour and postnatal care. I have a passion for birth and hope to share my passion for birth with you. I have 3 grown up children (the first of whom followed a long journey of infertility and IVF) who were all born in hospital. I followed my birthing plan which literally stated that I wanted a 'homebirth in hospital'. Throughout my Midwifery journey, I have been present at a fair few homebirths and seen many more babies birthed in hospital and in theatre. Birth follows its own course and I have seen hypnobirth techniques helping many women stay in control of their birth however it happens. I absolutely love teaching hypnobirth, as I can see how it positively affects my clients birthing experiences. The personal support that I can give you at your birth is another key service that I provide. My doula clients get to appreciate that extra level of emotional support that having a doula give you. If you want to find out more about any of the services I provide. Do not hesitate to contact me.

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