A doula is the term given to a person attending to the continuous, emotional support of a woman in labour. Traditionally, women – especially first time mothers, would be assisted by other women when they were giving birth. The best birth attendants were comfortable and confident that they knew the way forward through the journey of labour and birth. Ideally, they were there to encourage, nurture, and support the birthing mother. They took care of her with kindly words, appreciation, guidance, massage and focused attention.
Doulas provide emotional companionship in labour.
A doula does not replace the birth partner; she acts in a supportive role to both parents, and her role is to encourage the birth partner to recognize how integral their involvement can be in creating a satisfying birth experience. Part of a doula’s role is to assist the partner to stay more involved during labour, rather than to pull away in times of stress. Because doulas are familiar with the process of birth, they can honestly reassure both parents about the normality of the experience during times when it might seem overly intense.
The power of birth generally has a long term impact on our emotional and spiritual well being. Whether it creates a positive or a negative impression depends on our circumstances, our level of trust and our ability to remain open to the experience.
Hi, I'm Amy Mongie, I offer my doula services in the
Helderberg, Stellenbosch & Wineland areas. Y
ou can call me on
072 551 4287 or email me at
Through my experience of preparing for & having 2 home births, I gained a completely new understanding of the power & strength of our incredible bodies.
These experiences led me to train as a doula and start Souls in Motion where we offer pregnancy yoga, Mindful Birthing Workshops and doula support. I love sharing with women that beautiful positive births are absolutely possible and doable. I aim to guide my clients to learn to trust the process, trust their power and to stay present and loving however their birth unfolds.
Hello, I'm Angela Morton. I service the Southern Suburbs area. My number is
073 655-5884 or email me at
I am deeply energised when I assist women to take charge and exercise their right for choice. As a life coach, counsellor and hypnotherapist, this is what I facilitate – taking responsibility, through educated choices, for oneself. And the birthing room is the ultimate place where we can do this because we are doing what we were built for. We just need to trust ourselves to do it.
As a doula, this is where I come in. I bring my gentlest, most non-judgemental and committed self into the birthing room to hold and continuously support mothers through what they already know how to do instinctually and beautifully…
Hi, I'm Chana Miriam Opert. I am a Mama Bamba doula, offering my services in Cape Town. You can contact me on
078 142 3658 or e
mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am a mom of seven, Aura Wellness certified Hatha yoga instructor, Chana is passionate about the miracle of birth and about empowering the women to trust their bodies and minds.
Antenatal visits, labour and birth support through massage, natural pain relief techniques, active labour positions, guided relaxation and visualisation, yogic breathing and positive affirmations, postpartum support (postnatal visits, assistance with establishing successful breastfeeding)
Hello, I am Lillian Simms. I offer my doula services in
Midrand, Pretoria and Joburg (North). My number is
084 880 0911 or you can email me at
email@example.com. I am a registered nurse and passionate about my profession. Having witnessed the birth of my granddaughter, my eyes were opened to how medical the birth process had become and how natural is ought to be.
Throughout history the wisdom of birthing has belonged to the family and the community. Women birthed in familiar surroundings and among people they were comfortable with. Our modern technology driven society birth has moved from home to hospital, overseen by medical professionals where touch and patience has given way to tests and time keeping.
My goal is to discuss your choices, explore the options and support you to enable the birth you envisage.
I offer baby immunization clinics as well as postnatal mom and baby services.
Hi, I am Waheeda Buckus. I am a student doula servicing the
Musgrave, Overport, Sherwood, Westville & Umhlanga areas. My number is
079 745 8384 or email me at
My passion for natural birth without extreme medical intervention was born after witnessing the birth of my sister at age 21. The experience of gaining a sibling so late in life as well as the challenges of a high risk pregnancy and lack of support provided by doctors during that difficult time, led me to train as a doula. As a doula my aim is to empower women not to fear birth but rather embrace their bodies natural process so that they have a positive birth experience through trust, love and support.
Other qualifications: Cupping and Massage therapist