What is a Doula?
A doula is a trained professional who provides emotional, physical, and informational support to women and their families during pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period. The term "doula" comes from the ancient Greek word meaning "a woman who serves".
Doulas are not medical professionals, but they work alongside obstetricians, midwives, and nurses to provide continuous, personalised care to the mother-to-be and her partner. They can help with relaxation and pain management techniques during labor, provide reassurance and encouragement, and offer guidance on breastfeeding and infant care in the postpartum period.
Research has shown that having a doula can lead to shorter labors, less need for pain medication, fewer interventions, and increased satisfaction with the childbirth experience. Doulas can also provide emotional support to the mother and her partner, which can be especially important during what can be a stressful and overwhelming time.
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El the Doula
"I'm Ellie, mother of two boys and living in South Derbyshire. I am a mentored doula and I am passionate about parents receiving the support that they need from the very beginning and into the early years.
I am a breastfeeding peer supporter with personal experience in tandem feeding and I love wearing both of my boys in a carrier. I have had a great range of experiences during my own parenting journey, from a hospital birth to a home birth, combi-feeding and exclusively breastfeeding. Ultimately I can relate to navigating through the unknown territories of becoming parents, especially as I am still in the thick of it! There's more information about what I can offer on my website or find me on Social Media.