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Although having a baby is an exciting time, it can also foster fear and anxiety, especially if you’re far from family or worried that you won’t achieve your ideal birth plan.
Engaging a doula can help you stay calm and focused before, during and after birth, ensuring you feel empowered through the process!
What does a Doula do and is it helpful to hire one?
The Greek word “doula” refers to a “woman who serves”. Today, a doula is defined as a birth companion who supports a woman and her partner from the antenatal to postnatal journey in a non-clinical role. She can be a source of information, and provide emotional and physical support.
Every woman has different needs, so a doula’s role will constantly change. In fact, you can determine your doula’s role. Doulas do not perform any clinical tasks, which are solely done by the obstetrician and the nurse/midwives. Doulas can, however, offer a continuity of care that you rarely get in a hospital setting. Your doula will meet with you several times before your baby’s birthday and will come to you while you are still at home, if this is what you want. She also follows up after your birth and is able to provide contacts should you require anything post-natally, such as breastfeeding support.
What does a doula do to support you in the lead-up to your due date, and during labour?
A doula first meets the pregnant woman (and her partner) during pregnancy to form a relationship and to provide:
Information about childbirth
- Help forming a birth plan.
- Information regarding the different hospitals in Singapore and what they offer.
- A list of resources to utilise during pregnancy and postnatal such as lactation consultants, physiotherapists, counsellors and psychotherapists.
- Emotional and physical support during actual labour.
- Support for her partner during childbirth, not by taking over their role but by enhancing it. An extra set of hands during a long or difficult labour can be priceless.
What does a doula NOT do?
- Perform any clinical medical tasks (like check fetal heart tones or do vaginal examinations).
- Speak out to caregivers and interfere in their role. A doula is not an advocate, so it’s up to the woman to communicate with her caregivers during pregnancy and labour.
What’s the difference between a midwife and a doula?
In Singapore, a midwife is employed by the hospital and is usually caring for several women at once. The midwife is responsible for the medical wellbeing of the mother and baby and will assist the doctor as necessary. A doula is employed by the client and is focused on that one woman and her partner. Doulas can also provide a continuity of care from pregnancy right through childbirth and beyond, whereas a hospital midwife is subject to shift changes.
The best support a doula can provide is to remain open-hearted and non-judgemental of a woman’s birth choices. It’s also important that a birthing mother feels her concerns are being heard and respected.