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.
Introducing Gillian Owen-Bennett, BirthBliss Doula Of The Month, July 2018.
The skies are blue, the sun is out - yes, it’s summer! I love this time of year but I also remember when my daughters were small babies, finding it a little bit stressful.
PHOTO CREDIT: RED PRODUCTIONS LTD 2015
'It’s not because 'I'm too posh to push' – it's about what I think my body is capable of. I'm not good with pain - I faint when I stub my toe.'
Introducing Syanne Walker, BirthBliss Doula Of The Month, June 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.