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.
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.'
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.