Welcome to Protea Doula Agency
Protea Doula Agency was created as a platform for Doulas and expectant parents to meet. After speaking to many parents and parents-to-be, I’ve realized that there are two general queries: What is a Doula? and Where can I find one?
As a Mother and a Doula, I understand the benefits of using a Doula during your pregnancy, labour and birth.
What is a Doula?
This is a loaded question. A Doula wears many different hats during her clients pregnancy and birth, as well as during a period after the birth.
Historically, a Doula, as described by Wikipedia, is as follows:
“A doula (/ˈduːlə/), also known as a birth companion or post-birth supporter, is a non-medical person who assists a person before, during, or after childbirth, as well as her spouse and family, by providing physical assistance and emotional support. The provision of continuous support during labour is associated with improved maternal and fetal health and a variety of other benefits, including lower risk of induction and interventions and less need for pain relief. These benefits are particularly significant when continuous support is provided by someone who is not there as family/friend or as medical staff (i.e. a doula). Additionally, a doula is sometimes hired to work with families beyond the postpartum stages, providing continued physical and emotional support, for as long as needed (sometimes, this support can be ongoing for several years).”
A Doula is a miracle worker. She is a calming influence during a stressful situation. She is the reminder that you are capable of incredible things. She is your waitress, your masseuse, your shoulder to cry on. She will be anything you need her to be, whenever you need it. A Doula is there to ensure that you have a positive and empowering birth experience.
“If a Doula were a drug, it would be unethical not to use it.” – John Kennel