"Having our doula at the birth was amazing. She was the perfect blend between an experienced birthing professional and a caring, calming friend. No job was too big or too small for her and it felt like having a friend or family member there who you trusted implicitly but without the emotional distraction."
"After a previously traumatic labour, having our doula to talk things through with was a huge relief. Her wisdom and faith in the birthing process helped to relax and prepare me. Her love and support during my labour gave me the strength and courage to entirely trust and follow my own body and instincts."
"My doula supported me in late pregnancy, during labour, and continues to support me post-natally. She has an incredible amount of knowledge about labour and can offer support with many different birthing issues. She is warm and caring, and allows you to lead the process. She also provides reiki which was an excellent pain reliever during birth. My husband also appreciated having her input and support throughout my long labour. I never thought I would need a doula but I definitely did and she was an excellent one! My advice to any new mum is to take the support offered by a doula - you won't regret it!"
"I cannot find the right words to describe how completely empowering and amazing it was to have our doula by my side before, during and after the birth of my fourth child. She will forever hold a special place in my heart for the love and support she showed me and my family and to my baby girl."


Whilst doulas are not there to alter outcomes, a mounting body of research has shown that pregnant people choosing doula support in labour and birth, are likely to need fewer interventions and experience an easier labour. In 2017, Bohren et al. published an updated Cochrane review on the use of continuous support for women during childbirth. The researchers found that overall, people who have continuous support during childbirth experience:

  • 39% decrease in the risk of Cesarean.
  • 15% increase in the likelihood of a spontaneous vaginal birth.
  • 10% decrease in the use of any medications for pain relief.
  • Shorter labours by 41 minutes on average.
  • 38% decrease in the baby’s risk of a low five minute Apgar score.
  • 31% decrease in the risk of being dissatisfied with the birth experience; mothers’ risk of being dissatisfied with the birth experience was reduced with continuous support provided by a doula or someone in their social network (family or friend), but not hospitaltaff.