I've been a doula, as well as a doula course facilitator, for 17 years and my favourite part of the job by far, is unlocking the secrets to birth for expectant mothers and for aspiring doulas.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex made the headlines last weekend after it was revealed they’ve hired a doula to support them during their baby’s birth.
Congratulations on your pregnancy! I hope you’re feeling as well as you’re looking and that you and Harry are enjoying this incredibly special time.
Being on-call can be a testing time for a doula, particularly if there's a special occasion coming up where you'd usually enjoy a drink (or two!)
Each year, around 700,000 babies are born in the UK and yet, I estimate that less than 1 per cent were supported by a doula during birth and/or postnatally.
Being a birth doula is probably one of the most rewarding jobs in the world. To be at a woman's side, supporting her (and her partner) while she births her baby is an extraordinary privilege. However, thanks to the unpredictable nature of childbirth, one of the aspects of the job that needs to be navigated is the on-call period.
Introducing Anne-Marie Jones, BirthBliss Doula Of The Month, December 2018.
Introducing Jan Barker, BirthBliss Doula Of The Month, November 2018.
There are so many different doula courses on offer, I think I counted eleven in the UK alone, and then there’s the US based courses and on-line courses available too.
Introducing Hayley Oliveira, BirthBliss Doula Of The Month, August 2018.
Kicki Hansard is a member of Doula UK, however any opinions expressed on this blog are personal views and not necessarily the view of Doula UK.