Pregnant? New Baby? Got Questions?

Meet the doulas at York Clinic: Saturday 28th March, 10am – 12 noon. No need to book.

Part of World Doula Week, 22nd-28th March.

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Doulas are experienced women who offer emotional and practical support to a woman (or couple) before, during and after childbirth. A doula believes in ‘mothering the mother’, enabling a woman to have the most satisfying and empowered experience that she can of pregnancy, birth and the early days of motherhood.

Research has shown that having a doula present at a birth can shorten first time labours by an average of two hours, decrease the chance of caesarean or instrumental birth, decrease the need for pain relief medication, help fathers to participate with confidence, and increase success in breastfeeding [1,2,3].

Doulas work alongside midwives and doctors, supporting women to make informed decisions about their maternity care. Doulas can be employed directly by their clients, or by the NHS, or might be paid by Social Services or Childrens’ Centres. Some also volunteer with women’s refuge charities or under schemes such as the Doula UK Access Fund.

Michaela Scott is a registered Doula working at the York Clinic, where she practices western herbal medicine and massage therapy, including pregnancy massage. For more information or to book an appointment with Michaela, phone the York Clinic on 01904 709688, email us at email@yorkclinic.com, or use our contact form.  We will respond to you as quickly as possible.

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Links:

Michaela’s website

Michaela’s Facebook page

York Clinic information on herbal medicine

Doula UK, the leading organisation for doulas in the UK.

 

References:

1. Klaus M H, Kennell J H, and Klaus P H, Mothering The Mother: How A Doula Can Help You Have A Shorter, Easier, And Healthier Birth (1993).

2. Goedkoop, V. MIDIRS Midwifery Digest, 19:2 (June 2009), 217-8.

3. Hodnett E D, Gates S, Hofmeyr G, Sakala C. ‘Continuous support for women during childbirth’, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (2013) Issue 7.

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