Doulas

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.

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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.

doula Directory

Cape Town

 

Johannesburg

 

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Lillian Simms.  0848800911.  lillian.simms@gmail.com 

Areas serviced:  Midrand/Pretoria/Joburg (North). 

Areas serviced - Midrand/Pretoria/Joburg (North)

 

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.