To me the idea of doula represents community. We all know the expression, "It takes a village ", but I find that in this time and age we are more disconnected from our community of women and birthing people than in previous generations. We no longer have the normalised examples of our aunties and cousins nursing and birthing around us, awakening an innate sense of knowledge and confidence in our own ability to do the same. I feel the Doula's role is to bridge that informational gap, to become that community. A doula is there to support you physically and emotionally and to also support your partner to support you. We will not make decisions for you, but rather will give you the most up-to-date information to help you make clear and informed decisions for yourself, to help you feel empowered in your own choices. We, as Doulas, come with knowledge and experience, with love and support, to foster your own inner confidence that you are strong and capable of giving birth to a new life.
The word Doula comes from the greek word meaning women's servant and can be defined as a woman trained and experienced in childbirth who provides continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to a woman during labor, birth, and the immediate postpartum period.