What is a Doula?
A doula is an experienced companion who understands the emotional and physical needs of a woman and her family throughout her pregnancy, labour, birth and early postnatal period, and provides continuous support (non-medical) and care for a woman throughout her whole experience.
We are certified doulas trained to support women on an emotional and practical basis and to interact sensitively with all those involved with pregnancy and birth.
Our role as birth doulas is that of a professional, non-medical birth companion, able to provide continuity of care, reassurance and encouragement, breathing and relaxation techniques, massage, help with labour and birth position, support for the partner.
Our overall aim as birth doulas is to help the mother experience a more positive labour and birth.
Our role as postnatal doulas is mostly nurturing and can involve support during the transitional period from hospital to home, reassuring and supporting the mother, help with establishing feeding (breast/bottle), care for older siblings, light housework, preparing nutritious meals.
Our overall aim as postnatal doulas is to help mothers and babies get off to the best possible start.
Where are we located?
Australian Doulas originated in Western Australia and we have doulas in the Perth Metropolitan, Peel, South-West and North-West regions.
We also have doulas in New South Wales and Victoria and have recently expanded internationally!
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