Why hire a doula?
One of the biggest bonuses of hiring a doula is that she is a trained professional birth support person. Doulas are educated in the art of birth support, and have a keen eye and intuition on what a labouring mother needs.
Doulas specialize in non-medical skills and do not perform clinical tasks, such as vaginal exams or fetal heart rate monitoring. Doulas do not diagnose medical conditions, offer second opinions, or give medical advice.
A doula is trained to be a part of your birth team where ever you choose to birth your baby. For example at home (with private midwives), a birth center, a labour ward or a private hospital.