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So, what on earth is a doula?

A doula is a birth companion who can offer nurture and support during pregnancy, throughout labour and birth, and postnatally. The doula's primary responsibility is the birthing mother. A doula is not a medical professional and as such, does not replace your midwife or your doctor. Similarly, a doula does not replace the support of your partner (if you have one), but equally supports him or her, so they can continue caring for you during this period.

Research suggests that the presence of a doula during pregnancy and birth highly increases the chances of a natural birth without interventions, and can have an overall positive effect on the birth experience. Click here to find out more.

However, having a doula is not a guarantee to having a “perfect birth”. It is about creating a connection with the mother, providing love, knowledge and constant support in order to empower her to embrace her birth experience, however that happens. It is about letting the mother have her space so that she can focus inwards without being afraid, follow her intuition, take informed decisions, be proud of her own strength and unique and amazing ability to grow, nurture, and bring new life to this planet.

Pregnancy and childbirth are unpredictable and things may go differently from what you had in mind, but it is important that during this process you feel in control of your choices, positive and content with whatever goes different. Above all, you should feel loved, respected and supported. The role of the doula is to support the mother so that she can feel comfortable, confident and in control; to support and trust your instinct and your body to help you prepare during pregnancy, birth and the early days of motherhood.

No matter how things go and how different they turn out to be, birth is a truly wonderful experience and the more confident you feel, the better and more beautiful your memories of it will be. As well as your loving partner, having the continuous support of a doula as a birth companion during this wonderful period can bring a truly empowering and positive birthing experience.

Marcela doula, Edinburgh UK
What can I offer you?

What will I not do?

My aim is to be here for you and for your partner, because I know I wouldn't be the mother I am today without the nurture, love and care that I received during my pregnancies and during the birth of my children. I will be honoured to accompany you on this journey and to support you throughout your pregnancy, birth and the beginning of the amazing adventure that motherhood is.

I strongly believe that there is a doula for every mother, and I encourage you to meet with various doulas before choosing the right one for you. I offer you a first consultation meeting, free of charge, so you can get to know me and decide whether I am the right birth companion for you. So please don't hesitate to get in touch and let's meet for a chat and a cuppa!

Prenatal, Birth & Postnatal Support

I am based in Edinburgh and currently only work within the city. As your Doula I aim to adapt to your particular circumstances and needs. If you feel that I may be the right Doula for you, please get in touch for pricing information and details of the packages that I offer and to arrange a free consultation.

I offer short-notice support to mothers who have had premature babies, as this is a matter very close to my heart. Please do not hesitate to get in touch and I will do my best to be there to support you both physically and emotionally within the first 24-48 hours of your baby's premature birth or in some circumstances, during the birth if I am available to do so.