“While I did many things to prepare for childbirth (prenatal classes, yoga, massage, chiropractor), my husband and I really believe that having Molly alongside us before the birth and during the birth was absolutely essential and incredibly beneficial…. she was very helpful and guiding us to review and process all the knowledge we had accumulated from various courses and to make our final birth plan. We both felt much more confident going into labor from our discussions with Molly.
During labor, we became even more aware how good of a choice it was for us to hire Molly. Childbirth is a very emotional and often scary experience, especially for us as new parents, so having her to guide and support us really made all the difference. I felt much more supported and empowered through her presence, and my husband felt much more relaxed. Through Molly’s support, we were able to discuss our preferences with my doctor and give ourselves extra time to think about a recommended intervention. Ultimately, our daughter’s birth was a wonderful experience for both of us, and while there are many factors that contributed to that, we feel Molly was a truly essential part of our team and was an instrumental part in making our experience so positive.”
The sole aim of our doulas is to nurture and empower new families. We believe in the power of infants, women and partners to collaborate in the magical movements of birth.
Our doulas meet with parents-to-be before the birth to understand their needs and how they have prepared for birth. We give helpful suggestions (for arrangements that set them up) for the best possible start. We bring best practices for child birth and early parenthood for parents to consider.
One of our greatest joys is to facilitate bonding immediately after birth. Quietly, our doulas guide parents and babies to have immediate skin-to-skin contact and early initiation of breastfeeding.
Our doulas also bring much-needed follow-up attention to the new parents. New mothers, in particular, often cite that it isn't until after the birth that they really need help and reassurance. Our doulas will visit once or twice at home or in the hospital to check on mothers' well-being, assist with breastfeeding hiccups and answer questions on baby care.
The midwife is on the left. The doula is on the right.
Birth of a Baby
169. A midwife assists in the delivery of a child. Terra-cotta relief from a tomb in Isola Sacra, the ancient cemetery of the Imperial port of Rome. Ostia, Museo Ostiense.
"Evidence suggests that, in addition to regular nursing care, continuous one-to-one emotional support is associated with improved outcomes for women in labor."
A newborn crawls instinctively to the breast.
A doula's prenatal, early labor and postnatal services are helpful whether or not your doula attends your birth. Since the Hong Kong public hospitals allow only one birth attendant (usually the father). Your doula will come to your home when you go into labor to help you manage early labor. She will also help you to coordinate the timing and logistics of your transfer to the hospital. Having a doula on in your team is especially advisable for families where the birth partner travels frequently, or my otherwise risk missing the birth.
A firm hip squeeze relieves tension and relaxes laboring women.
A doula is a non-medical birth attendant. This is usually a woman who has attended many births, who provides continuous support for the pregnant woman and any family members. She offers evidenced-based information, and a deep understanding of the physical, psychological and emotional responses commonly experienced by parents during labor and birth. She backs up the couple on all decisions without judgement, and allows partners to tag out and rest without leaving the laboring mother alone. Physically, she might contribute comfort options, such as, massage, reflexology and support for movement, standing or squatting. Emotionally, she can restore self-confidence, reframe negative information and give reassurance.
Absolutely! We hope that each women is attended by a calm, experienced champion. Whether this is your partner, mother, friend, midwife, doctor or doula, it has been shown that continuous support during labor and birth produces better birth outcomes and higher satisfaction for mothers.
Some loved ones struggle to remain focused on supporting the laboring mother during this exciting time. If you would like some guidance to help you and your partner work as a team during labor, Dads As Doulas or calmbirth ® courses will train your loved one to focus on your needs during this special time.
No, although they both attend births. A midwife is medically trained and certified to deliver babies. Below you will see an image that may help. The doula is on the right, supporting the mother, up near her head and heart. The midwife is on the left, attending to the baby's arrival from a medical perspective.