Genesis Maternity Clinic endorses Doulas.
“If a doula were a drug, it would be unethical not to use it.” ~ John H. Kennell, MD
What is a doula?
The word ‘doula’, pronounced ‘dooh-la’ – is a Greek word meaning ‘handmaiden or caregiver’. A doula offers emotional and physical support to a woman and her partner before, during and after childbirth. The role of the birth doula encompasses the non-medical aspects of care during childbirth. Doulas are trained and experienced in childbirth, while they have a good knowledge and awareness of the birth process, a doula does not support the mother in a medical role. That is the job of the midwife, or obstetrician. A doulas help is a valuable addition to the birth team. Your birth support team are the people you will rely on to get you through your toughest, most intense moments. Doulas are trained in the art of birth support, and have a keen eye and intuition on what a labouring mother needs. Read more about evidence based research here.