A Doula” (pronounced “doola”) is a Greek word meaning “woman servant or caregiver”. It now refers to a trained and experienced person who accompanies a woman through pregnancy and childbirth and the first few weeks of family life.
The development of Doula’s has been associated with people who could afford to pay for a private service – but services have developed in England that provide volunteer Doula’s to women from a variety of backgrounds. The results sound impressive
84% breastfeeding initiation rate
55% breastfeeding rate at 6 weeks
18% caesarean section rate
A Volunteer Doula Project this link will give you details of a Civic Conversation event being held in Musselburgh in February, entitled ‘A Volunteer Doula Project: Could it work here?’ You will here the manager of the Goodwin volunteer Doula project based in Hull talk about her experience, and have an opportunity for discussion following the presentation.
Some research links