Would you have a Doula?(205 Posts)
I’m considering training as a Doula, and I’m interested to know people’s reasons for choosing to have one (or not!). Is cost a factor? Also, do people find it a bit ‘woo’?! One of the issues I had when searching for a Doula locally is that the few available offer things like shamanic healing, placenta encapsulation, etc, which is just not for me . I wondered if there is a place for a sensible, supportive birth Doula, without the new age approach, or is that missing a vital part of what the role is about?
No, doula is unregulated job and it has anti-medical ideological bias
Not DBS checked,no regulated or quality checked training,anyone can be a doula
I’d discourage any woman from using an unskilled but well meaning helper
I was a doula for 6 years. I am a nurse now. I would love to be a doula again but cant afford to be. I am not at all 'woo', some doulas are. I'd suggest meeting a few if possible and see who best suits your way of thinking x
I chose to use a doula as it wasn't certain my partner could be with me for the duration of the birth. It was the best decision we made. I didn't want the new age approach and we didn't need it, just her presence and calmness and wisdom. Our doula was wonderful - she stayed with me and fought my corner at a time when I could have felt very vulnerable, with midwives and doctors coming and going. Having seen many births, she advised at every juncture. She helped my partner stayed calm too, and she continued to help us after the birth with small queries. She charged £500 and it was money well spent. Yes, cost was a factor, but birth is an important time and if things go wrong it's good to have someone on your side who's experienced. So if it's something you have a passion for, I'd encourage you to train!
I will hire a doula when I get pregnant.
I don't want any woo type support. I just want a woman who is willing to wholly support me throughout pregnancy and birth - someone who's job it is to get to know me fully in advance of birth and who is willing to use that knowledge to support me through labour.
I was sexually abused and severely neglected as a child and will need that emotional support. The midwives will be great (as will my husband) I'm sure but I need someone totally focussed on me.
Even if I end up having an elective section (which seems likely) I am very happy to pay for someone to be there before and after even if they can't come into theatre.
Happy to talk more by PM x
But that the point doulas don’t train,it’s not a rigorous entry & screening process
One doesn’t go through a rigorous training or selection to be a doula
Op could set herself up as a doula now,print a certificate,get a website
And it’d be legal
Just to point out I did have a dbs, did many trainining course, often led by or alongside midwives. I supported women in their choices without a personal agenda. A doula shouldnt give advice just support in your own choices. I am certainly not antimedical considering I am now a nurse! I am pro-informed choice regardless of what that choice is. A doula is someone you know and vuild a trusting relationship with when often there are many unknown people at your birth, they can support your partner too. I will be booking a doula myself for my baby due later in the year.
They don't have medical qualifications. I can't bear all that woo stuff.
Yes anxious,you chose to get DBS etc it’s not mandatory,and it’s unregulated
You then chose a highly regulated profession,with protected title and mandatory CPD
The profession may not be regulated but you can still get experience and training. Some doulas are trained midwives but decide to go a more independent route. Just because the profession is not regulated, it doesn't mean doulas have nothing to offer, though it does mean you need to pick carefully and go with your instinct. As a PP said, the point is to get to know someone who you can trust to be on your side. There may be doulas who aren't so good (but some of the midwives weren't too great in my experience either). When I said 'advised at every juncture' I meant more 'supported my choices' - but she had seen hundreds of births and this was my first so I actually appreciated the advice element when I needed to make choices at a stressful time.
I would. Not that interested in woo stuff, but would like someone whose job is just to support me in a non-medical way. Last birth, DH was terrified and the midwives were (understandably!) busy dealing with monitors/blood draws/machines going BING etc.
As an unregulated Job the doula training & experience requirements are optional and in no way mandatory.
Profession is a career that regulates entry,sets professional standard and can apply a sanction if professional standards aren’t met eg deregistration
Doulas have no mandatory minimum technical or personal skill set. That’s so important to note. So although some individual doulas may have adequate standards it’s not mandatory and cannot be imposed
@AfterSchoolWorry as I’ve said, I’m not one for all the woo stuff either but a Doula isn’t there to replace someone with medical qualifications - you’d still have your midwife etc, but then you’d also have a Doula to support you (and your partner).
After my ex walked out when I was pregnant I really wanted a doula but couldn’t afford one. No new age stuff, just someone there to hold my hand and tell me everything is going to be ok and to have stopped the midwives treating me like crap when I was at my most vulnerable.
@AtSea1979 I’m so sorry it came down to cost, that’s truly shit. I know several Doulas who will offer their services at low cost or free for women in financial difficulties, but I know it can be a barrier for lots of people.
Complicated but without planning I ended up with a doula. It would never have occurred to me to have one. She was amazing!! Nothing woo at all. She was with me the whole time, taught me to breathe, had ideas and suggestions for each stage and understood exactly how I was feeling. I would recommend it to anyone. The midwife was still in and out of the room, but it’s a completely different interaction with the midwife and they don’t have time to be with you in the same way.
@cockupparent have a look on Doula UK - they have an access fund for women who might not be able to afford a Doula.
What does invested in this mean?that I have a contrary view and concerns about unregulated job?
I’m not saying anything controversial or not out there already.its factual statements
A perfunctory google will confirm everything I’m saying.
I could conversely ask why you seem vexed at what I’m saying?
Do you actually understand professional regulation memory? A doula is unregulated and unregistered
Professional regulation is the means by which professions set standards and have sanctions for those whose practice is deemed unsatisfactory.
Protected title means it’s illegal to use a professional job title one doesn’t possess eg Nurse, Doctor, Occupational Therapist
In uk the main health professional bodies are GMC, HCPC, and NMC. All require professional registration
And as I said doula is unregulated job.the title is unprotected eg anyone can call self doula
One cannot be a regulated doula as there is no statutory regulatory body. There’s no requirement on training hours or mandatory CPD
I strongly suggest you undertake further reading about regulation in health professions. Doula is not health profession
Complimentary therapies have v limited clinical efficacy.placebo effect at best
“Medical evidence” is of course a good benchmark and is provides information & transparency to aid choices
That evidence of 1:1 care being beneficial doesn’t relate to doulas
you’re conflating two unrelated points.there is no evidence of doula make big difference
There isn’t a body of qualitative or quantitative evidence about efficacy of doulas
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