What is a doula?

It is difficult to fully encapsulate what a doula is and to describe what we do, because how we work with each woman is determined by her needs. In short we want women to give birth in power, and to enter motherhood feeling confident, and well in every way. We are completely guided your unique preferences and wishes. so we are flexible in our role.Jeannine Parvati Baker Quote

Greater Manchester Doulas are three friends who are passionate about pregnancy and birth, individual choice, and womens’ autonomy. We seek to challenge the myths perpetuated by society  that birth is always painful, inherently dangerous, and simply a means to an end.

Our experience as doulas shows us that pregnancy and birth are safe, normal, and enjoyable life events.

"My body is capable and strong" birth affirmationWe believe that women are strong, capable, and the experts on their bodies and babies. No matter what you want for your birth, we want you to feel respected, in control, and powerful.

Pregnant women tend to have more options than they are typically presented with. We can support you to explore your freedom of choice, without judgement or agenda, so you can plan the birth you feel is right for you.

Research overwhelmingly promotes continuity of carer to improve outcomes for women and their babies. Please get in touch to discuss how we could support you.

What does a doula do?

A doula offers unconditional support throughout pregnancy, through loss, during labour and birth, and beyond. Our support is emotional, practical, and educational. But what that means to each woman, couple, and family can vary, We understand no two clients are the same, so we keep our services flexible and completely tailored. Sometimes we go to… Continue reading What does a doula do?

Who hires a doula?

This is something we get asked a lot, and the short is answer is… anyone! The long answer is that we have been doulas for all types of families in all kinds of situations. We support single parents, those completely lacking support, and women who want extra support for birthing partners. Women who are frightened… Continue reading Who hires a doula?

The evidence for doulas

Firstly, here are some stats. When continuous labour support was provided by doulas, women experienced a: 31% decrease in induction/augmentation of labour 12% increase in spontaneous vaginal birth 9% decrease in requests for pain relief 14% decrease in newborns being admitted to special care 34% decrease in dissatisfaction with the birth experience. For most of… Continue reading The evidence for doulas

FAQ

What is a doula again? Is that like a midwife? What does the word  ‘doula’ mean? What does a doula do? What doesn’t a doula do? I have a partner, do I need a doula? Do doulas only go to home births? I’m having a cesarean, is there any point me hiring a doula? I… Continue reading FAQ