• Abigail@themargatedoula

Why a Doula?

If this is your first child or you have not experienced the support of a Doula yourself, you may ask why do I need a Doula?

My choice to create The Margate Doula stems from a desire to improve the satisfaction and perinatal outcomes for birthing people and their children in and around Margate. Birth choices and the reality of postnatal life, still remains a hidden world to many in 2020 rather than being something that should be discussed openly and celebrated as a natural physiological experience.

When I had my children, I like many, became sucked into the generic, one size fits all, conveyor belt, approach taken by the majority of NHS maternity care systems. I found myself being told what I should do at every point with no option but to submit and agree with the choices other’s made for the health of my child, with no consideration for how I felt. I was also unaware that I had a choice!

This experience is echoed across the UK in newspapers, independent reports such as the MBRACE- UK report, 2019, who’s key finding was that all birthers need to SPEAK UP and share their concerns they have about their health or care with their healthcare professional. This can be easier said than done, and here is where a Doula can come in handy.

I have been asked many times, “What’s the difference between a Midwife and a Doula?” For me the, the roles of each profession are so different. Midwives are registered healthcare professionals who are regulated my the Nursing and Midwifery Code of Conduct. They are medically trained, often working along side obstetric doctors and are responsible for the health of the birthing person and the unborn child. A Doula, however, is a non-medical person, who provides emotional, physical and informational support to the birthing person.

As a Doula I have no agenda when advising you during pregnancy, I can act as an impartial, non-judgemental source of evidenced-based information, for you to fully understand the benefits and risks of any treatment you are being offered. I have experienced birth in a number of settings and I am not afraid to stand up and be your advocate in a time when you may feel vulnerable. I can be the guide you need through pregnancy, birth and the first few weeks of being a new parent. Every birthing person deserves individualised support and attention through this continuum. They should feel empowered and informed to make the desicions that are right for them; The Margate Doula is here to help you.

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