This is something we get asked a lot, and the short is answer is… there is a doula for every woman, planning every kind of birth, and we may or may not be the ones for you!
The long answer is that we have been doulas for women in all kinds of situations. We support single mothers, those completely lacking support, and women who want extra support for birthing partners. Women who are frightened or anxious, who have been traumatised, or who are concerned about birth trauma. We serve women who wish to be undisturbed, women who are seeking continuity in their care, or who are birthing outside the system completely.
When you hear of a ‘doula’ you probably assume that they are only there for pregnancy and birth, or you may have even heard of a ‘death doula’. We are full-spectrum doulas so we are not limited to one area. We support women who are not currently or planning to be pregnant but are in need of being heard for another reason – we call this ‘with woman’, we support women who are deciding on or are currently going through or been through an abortion. We support women who are experiencing or have experienced loss at any stage. We support women who are going through the menopause. Our support is not limited to pregnancy and birth.
If birth support is what brought you to our page, here is a little more about that. We support women birthing their first babies, rainbow babies, and multiples. We can offer pregnancy support whether you are birthing at home or in the hospital, in water, on dry land. Whether you are planning a caesarean or a freebirth – it’s you as a person that we support. Our support can come in the form of one-off ‘holding space’ sessions or longer-term support plans, it could be attending our free community groups or hiring a birth pool from us. Being a CIC allows us to support women in more ways than the typical birth doula relationship.
Our in-person support is a little different to most doulas and is important to know if you’re looking for someone to attend your birth – we now only attend freebirths. If you’d like to read more about our reasons for making this decision, and to see if we might be a good fit, you can do so here.
There are some things that stay the same with every client. We listen to them, and meet them where they are with no agenda, in confidentiality, without judgement, while holding them in unconditional positive regard.
We understand the importance of applying flexibility in our roles, but the basic needs of the labouring woman are always on our minds. We believe that when she is warm, and her needs for privacy, to feel safe, and to feel unobserved are met, that the hormonal event that is childbirth has the best chance of being straightforward.
Even if you’re unsure about what you want or need, contact us to chat about your options