Doula literally means "mothers hand maiden"" and as described we are there to offer our services wherever the mother and the family need assistance, whether this be to help with housework, siblings after birth, nursing advice, you name it - we do it.
Many countries still use the mothers aid to help the bonding through birth where doulas assist the mother to fully enjoy the magical moment of birth as she wishes and following the birth to allow the family much needed quality time with the new member of the family. Unfortunately our society, due to economic demand, has lost this invaluable resource. However due to severe shortages in the NHS midwifery system many women are employing doulas to maintain their wishes and offer unbiased support throughout delivery wherever and however she chooses, without condemnation from healthcare providers or medical intervention where not required.
Doulas have been proven to reduce the need for medical intervention and shorten labour."