Doulas: Making delivery a stress-free experience

Preparing for childbirth is basically a series of big personal decisions. Expectant parents have a lot to figure out on the nine-month-long journey, but it does not hurt to have an expert to help you make some of the hard decisions. Photo by Edgar R. Batte

What you need to know:

  • While no labour is perfect, one of the best ways to make it a positive experience is to have people with you who will meet your physical, emotional, and informational needs.
  • A doula is a trained professional who helps women through labour. She is a part of your birthing team, along with you, your partner, family members, your physician or midwife, and your nurse.

Darren Kazibwe had always feared going with his wife for delivery, “I was not ready for the trauma that the labour ward brought. Because of this, he stayed away during the birth of their first two children. However, when his wife told him about hiring a doula, Kazibwe seemed sold and ready to walk the journey with her.
A doula is a professional trained in childbirth, who provides continuous physical and emotional support and assistance in gathering information for women and their partners during labour and birth. The doula offers help and advice on comfort measures such as breathing, relaxation, movement and positioning.


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