Some questions about doulas come up frequently. So if you’re wondering something it may well be so are lots of people. Here are some answers we hope will help. If your question isn’t answered here then please do use our contact page to get in touch and ask.
I have a birth partner what extra will a doula add to my birth?
Your doula will support both you and your birth partner. Doulas are happy working with, husbands, mothers, friends, sisters life partners. We support anyone that you want to be with you. Doulas respect and support and encourage the very special an unique bond between you and your chosen birth partners. In the antenatal sessions, we help you to communicate what your fears and hopes are for the birth with your birth partner. We also help birth partners talk through their own concerns and find answers to the questions they have. So by the time
Will my doula take over from my husband?
Doulas don’t ever take over from husbands unless they are specifically asked to do so. If a couple chooses for the husband not to be at the birth for any reason then a doula can be there as a sole birth partner but she will always support a dad to be as involved as he really wants to be in every part of the birth. She will help him to feel more confident and to enjoy the
Are doulas the same as midwives?
No midwives are health professionals they are responsible for ensuring the health of both you and your baby as the
I’m a single mum can a doula support me too?
Absolutely yes. If you’re a single mum a doula may be exactly what you need to feel confident and supported as you make your own informed choices and go through your labour and birth. Your doula will be happy to work alongside any other friend or family member you would also like at the birth or to be your sole birth partner if that’s your choice.
How much will a doula cost?
From the Doula UK website:
“A birth doula usually charges a fixed price for a birth doula support package. Exactly what this includes will vary from doula to doula. Expenses and mileage may be included in this package fee or may be invoiced later.
A Doula UK Recognised birth doula, with a fairly typical birth doula support package, will usually charge in the £800-£2000 range, depending on the area they work in, their level of experience, what they include in the fee and what they feel their service is worth.
Doula UK Mentored birth doula packages typically start at £600.
A deposit (retainer fee) is usually required on booking with a birth doula.”
In Hampshire, most doulas charge between £600 and £1500 for a birth package depending on the area, experience and other skills. Postnatal doulas usually charge by the hour, generally somewhere between £15-25 per hour.
A wise person once suggested families look at the day of their baby’s birth like they would look at a wedding day, something that’s worth saving up for in order to have the best possible day. You will remember the day your baby is born vividly for the rest of your life it’s worth investing in making that
I’m doing antenatal classes that’s basically the same, isn’t it?
There are many brilliant antenatal classes available in Hampshire and they can be great for giving you tools to work with your contractions and for meeting other new parents. But you can’t take the whole class with you on the day like you can take a doula with you. Your doula will support you to put into practice the things you have learned in an antenatal class and brings the experience of how to effect that same calm atmosphere in the very different surroundings of the hospital or birth centre.
On the day your doula will help you and your partner remember your birth choices and stay calm even if circumstances change. It’s impossible to cover everything that may or may not happen in the course of a labour in antenatal classes but even if things you haven’t thought of come up on the day you will have someone with you who knows how to ask questions to help you get all the information you need to make any new decisions and having your doula supporting you will help you state your choices confidently and help your caregivers understand how to support you best.
How often will my doula visit me antenatally and postnatally?
Most doulas will meet with clients at least twice before the birth and often more times. Then at least once after the birth as part of their basic birth package. But it’s not really about a specific number of hours it’s about how well your doula gets to know you and understand you and about how comfortable you come to feel with her. Your doula will spend time chatting with you on the phone and emailing or texting with you when you have questions between appointments. There are lots of ways she will get to know and understand you before the birth and support you after the birth.
How soon will my doula be with me once labour has started?
As soon as you want your doula to be there she will join you. In the early stages of
How long for will my doula stay with me after the birth?
Again this is best answered by you, your doula will stay as long as you continue to want her to. If you’re having your baby in the hospital she may be asked to leave when you go to the postnatal ward if it’s not visiting hours. She will stay through all of the time after your baby is born while you have skin to skin and feed your baby for the first time. She will help you shower etc if you would like her
Will a doula support me if my decision would be a planned caesarian birth?
Yes, doulas support all births. If you’re planning a caesarian your doula will help you to have all the information so you’re sure you’ve made an informed decision and will help you to make a caesarian birth plan and support you to ensure your doctor can support your choices. On the day your doula will help you to remain calm and focused as you wait for your turn in the operating theatre and will go into theatre for you if there is no one else you want there. She will help you to have skin to skin and learn to feed your baby after baby arrives.
Want to know more about what it’s like to have a doula support your planned c-section? Check out this interview.
What is my doula’s role if baby arrives before midwife attends (home birth)?
Doulas will always do their best to make sure that a midwife is called at just the right time to arrive at the point of
If your baby arrives even before emergency services your doula will support and encourage you or your partner as you catch your own baby. She will never take any medical responsibilities and can’t replace the midwife but she can help you feel calm if you find yourself giving birth before medical support arrives.
If you want to choose a ‘free birth’ where you deliberately choose to birth without medical attendants some doulas will be willing and able to support you. They will continue to just offer practical and emotional support and won’t ever take on the role of a midwife under any circumstances.