New Dawn Birth Doula
My name is Dawn Smith (she/her)
I am an experienced Perinatal Educator & Kick-Ass Doula, having trained with Badass Birth Jen Muir to gain further knowledge to support you before your birth, during your birth and even after your birth.
So What is a Doula?? You may ask:
The term “Doula” originated from Greek language and it means “woman servant”. It is one of the most ancient roles in Human Civilisation. Thankfully, the role and meaning of a Doula has moved with the times also.
There are different ways people will describe a Doula.
One is ‘A non-clinical professional present during pregnancy, birth & the postpartum period’
Another is ‘Doulas are present to serve the labouring person as they work hard to bring baby into this world, for both physical and emotional support.’
Doulas are pursuing their passion for pregnancy, babies & birth.
Labour and delivery are the most precious and intense parts of life and a Doula’s sole role is to serve and support the labouring person and birth team.
There is a Doula out there for everybody, and for it to be magic it is important you get the right Doula for you.
Each individual will be looking for something different from their support team.
And the benefits of a Doula are well proven:
Evidence-Based Birth states the use of a Doula means there is a:
· 31% decrease in the use of Pitocin
· 28% decrease in the risk of caesarean section
· 12% increase in the likelihood of spontaneous vaginal birth
· 9% decrease in the use of pain relief medications
· 14% decrease in the risk of new-borns admitted to NICU
· 34% decrease in risk of being dissatisfied with the birth experience.
Birth is intense, a Doula can provide a calm, encouraging presence, which can eliminate fear and therefore decrease pain.
Well informed & non-judgemental Doula support helps the birthing women/person to adjust when circumstances deviate from their ideal birth plan.
Guidance and encouragement minimise fear & anxiety. This leads to increased parental satisfaction.
If a Doula is something you are interested in, Let's chat: