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.
When women come on my doula course, one of their main concerns is how they will be perceived by midwives and other medical staff when they work as birth doulas. I can honestly say, that in the years that I’ve been a birth doula, I have never had any problems with the midwives that I have come into contact with.
There is so much research and so many studies showing the incredible difference a doula can make to a woman’s and her family’s birth experience. There are a number of studies to look at here on the Doula UK website.
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.