A Doula is a woman who provides physical, emotional and information support to women and their families before, during and after childbirth.
A Doula recognises birth as a key experience that the mother will remember all her life. She understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labour. She loves mothers and babies, and is able to provide continuity of care.
A Doula assists women and their partners to prepare for and carry out their plans for the birth of their baby. She can stay by the side of the labouring woman throughout the entire labour and facilitate communication between the labouring woman her partner and clinical caregivers.
The presence of a Doula can:
- Decrease the chance of caesarean section by 50%
- Shorten labour by 25%
- Decrease the need for pain medication
- Help fathers participate with confidence
- Increase success with breastfeeding
Dial a Doula is an agency connecting parents with the appropriate Doula for their needs. This could be a Doula for their impending birth or a post natal Doula for support after their baby is born. To book a Doula please contact Sunderai on:
P: (03) 9718 1239
M: 0408 954 120
Dial a Doula offers support packages varying from $100 - $1500 depending on your needs and the level of experience of the Doula you choose. Support includes anything from continuous support over a 2 month period including overnight stays - to drop in support to cook a meal and tidy the house.
Find out more about Dial a Doula Support options
"Words barely express the encompassing integrity and compassion my Doula brought to our birth. She gave me strength, hope and reassurance, awakening and backing up the inner resources and power I had to give birth. Looking into her eyes I knew everything was as it was meant to be."
"I was scared at first, because here I was at home and I was worried, will I know what to do when my baby wakes up? I called Dial-a-Doula and when I saw my doula coming I felt instant relief."
Find out more about becoming a Doula
Dial-a-Doula training incorporates knowledge of the physical and emotional aspects of birth, understanding of how to provide support to women and their families as well as your own personal development as a woman. For the full curriculum please visit the Dial-a-Doula website.
"I'd like to thank all the wise women of the college who have shared the wisdom of birthing - I came home from this birth with a strong feeling that the knowledge you share comes from a place of authenticity and integrity. I have found the college to be a place where my spirit can soar and my soul feels at home - for that there are no words to express my gratitude."
With love, Jo Watson - Doula