Welcome to World Doula Week 2022.

How doula’s help families and what a doula actually is!

I’m Gill Marchant, A Doula serving Medway, Kent in the UK.

So, what is a doula anyway? In Greek the word means “servant”. 

There are all different types of doulas – infertility/women’s health doulas, birth doulas, and postpartum doulas.  There are also death doula’s who will support you with end of life care.

I am a birth doula and I help a mothers during her pregnancy and at her birth.  I answer my phone at 2am!  I will hold your hand as and when you need me to.  I will be your ‘Birth Nerd Friend’.  I will help you work through anxiety and fear with hypnobirthing techniques and will be a continuous support for you and your family as you birth your baby.  I can help with breathing and breakfast.  The role is vast!  

That said, there are also things that I don’t do!  Namely deliver your baby and give clinical care….  There are rules about what lay people can and can’t do at a birth.  So although I will not be delivering your baby, I will however watch and support you as you birth your baby, however and wherever is right for you.  

So, now that you know a little bit about me and the care I offer – it’s important to know that there are lots of doulas in Kent that are able to support you.  It’s really important that you find one that you ‘click’ with.  One that aligns with your views.  

So, in conclusion – doulas are here to help families – most do cost something – but it is worth the cost of a doula.  Doulas help mothers have less need of  epidurals, fewer C-sections, less everything – the doula will give a mother a better outcome for her birth and a more contented baby.

Follow me on instagram @medwayhypnobirth for information about my current offers or to just find out a little more about medway hypnobirth and the services that I offer.  Or you may contact me at medwayhypnobirth@gmail.com.

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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