Doula- Katie Sandeman
"The word 'doula' is a Greek word meaning 'woman servant or caregiver'. More recently, it refers to someone who offers emotional, physical and informational support to a woman and her partner before, during and after childbirth."
This is an introduction to my mum Katie- who is a birth doula.
A birth doula is there to support you before, during and after a birth. A doula (also known as a birth attendant) believes in 'mothering the mother' and is there as part of a team to help the mother achieve the birth she would ideally like to have. A doula will listen to any fears, hopes and expectations the mother may have, she is a constant support throughout and will respect the mother's decisions at all times.
Mum trained as a birth doula with Developing Doulas in London and she is certified by Doula UK which is the largest network of Doulas in the UK.
To find out more about her, visit her website: http://www.theputneydoula.co.uk/