A doula (also known as a birth attendant) believes in ‘mothering the mother’. She enables a woman and her partner to have the most satisfying birth experience possible, from pregnancy into motherhood. This type of support allows the whole family to relax and enjoy the experience too. Doulas are trained and experienced in childbirth and are usually mothers themselves. While they have good knowledge and awareness of the birth process, a doula does not support the mother-to-be in a medical role. That is the job of the midwife or doctor. A doula helps the mother-to-be achieve the birth she hopes for, be it natural, water or hospital birth. This makes a doula a valuable addition to the birth team. Should a birth become complicated and require medical assistance, a doula will still remain by your side and help in any way she can. She will not make decisions for those she supports, but she will assist them through the decision-making process. Many women consider doulas to be an absolute must. Doulas are trained in the art of birth support, and have a keen eye and intuition into what a labouring mother needs. Services include birth education and preparation, birth planning, massage and comfort measures, optimal fetal positioning and so much more. Contact Jayne Alder today to find out which doula services are best for you.