what is a birth doula?
A birth doula is a non-medical, professionally trained birth companion who provides birthing parents and their partners with informational, physical, and emotional support throughout pregnancy, labour, birth, and the early postpartum period. Our role is to provide unbiased support to you in your decisions, so that you can have the birthing experience you envision.
“When a woman gives birth, she has to reach down inside herself and give more than she thought she had. The limits of her existence are stretched. There is a moment when every woman thinks, “I can‘t do this.” If she is lucky, she has a midwife, a doula or her mom to whisper in her ear, “You are doing it.” As she does it, she becomes someone new: a mother.”
Benefits of a Doula
Cochrane Review, 2017
Tamryn Schmahl, the birth doula behind Shakti Births, completed her training through Women Offering Mothers Birthing Support (WOMBS). She is also a member of Doulas of South Africa (DOSA), and is a registered birth doula service provider with Discovery Health, Momentum Medical Scheme, and Fedhealth. Click here to read more about Tamryn.
We provide birth doula support in the Gauteng area and surrounds, including, but not limited to, Centurion, Pretoria, Midrand, and Johannesburg. Our birth doula packages include:
When I started my doula work, I often found that the mothers really wanted a doula, but the father was hesitant; he worried about whether I would take his place and he wouldn’t be able to help. Nothing is further from the truth, so I wrote this little piece to explain just how the doula works with a couple.
What if I told you that you can afford a doula?
A doula is an integral member of your birth team. Whether you are planning a hospital birth with aaalll the pain meds you can get your hands on, a homebirth with nothing but water and essential oils – or any other sort of awesome birth in between – a doula is going to be one of the most valuable investments you can make, for one of the most important days of your life.