The word comes from the Greek “servant” and that is what a Doula does. Doula serves you, attends to your every need, provides companionship, guides you during labour and after. Paramana means “with woman” and she will be your emotional port and will guide you through the eyes of someone who has not only seeing many births before but believes that you can absolutely do it!
A Paramana Doula, like me, follows the principles learned directly from Michel Odent. A core of these principles are minimal interference during labour and profound respect for the woman wishes. Although I do have the skills and knowledge – trained and experienced in Spinning Babies, Rebozo, Optimal Foetal Positioning etc – to assist when needed.
Having the continuous support of a Doula has proved to cause:
- 31% decrease in the use of Pitocin- Synthetic Oxytocin
- 28% decrease in the risk of C-section
- 12% increase in the likelihood of a spontaneous vaginal birth
- 9% decrease in the use of any medications for pain relief
- 14% decrease in the risk of newborns being admitted to a special care nursery
- 34% decrease in the risk of being dissatisfied with the birth experience
A Doula will never replace your partner. The Doula will be there to encourage and support both of you. Studies have shown that partners do participate more actively during labour if there is a Doula present than without one. Your partner remains your primary support person. The Doula complements your partner’s efforts by providing emotional and physical support to both you and your partner.
I will hold space allowing that person to be with you emotionally and physically without being overwhelmed, overworked or worrying unnecessarily.
Never. As a non-medical support, the Doula works for you and your partner to enhance your birth experience. The hospital staff, midwives, doctors, and nurses are the main responsible for the clinical part of the birth. Medical staff and midwives will explain and discuss childbirth procedures and practices with you if you would like.
The Doula will answer your questions to help you make your decisions, but she does not make them for you. I will provide you with all the actual evidence-based information for the questions you have so you can take charge of your birth.
I will come when you need me. It doesn’t matter if it is very early stages. You call me when you need me and I will stay after the birth till you are settled, comfortable and enjoying the new person in your family.