Our Ethical Statement
As members of the Scottish Doula Network, we are committed to our role as lay people, supporting women, their partners and families by:
- promoting informed choice for new mothers and their families during pregnancy, birth and early
- working with honesty and integrity, according to our individual breadth of experience;
- maintaining ongoing peer or buddy support with other doulas (or mentor) and a reflective attitude to our work;
- protecting client/ doula confidentiality at all times;
- recognising and resolving conflicts when they arise;
- entering the doula world with mindfulness towards current doulas and their work.
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Welcome to the Scottish Doula Network
What is a doula?
A doula is someone who provides emotional and practical support to women, their partners and families before, during and after childbirth. She may offer suggestions and resources for further information but does not give advice, undertake any clinical tasks or make any medical decisions. She may facilitate communication between the mother or parents and other caregivers. She is chosen by the mother/couple and acts to support their birth experience and assist in their transition to parenthood. You can hire a doula prenatally, for your birth or postnatally.
While many doulas are also trained in complementary medicine/therapies that focus on pregnancy and birth, such additional skills are by no means essential to the role of the doula. Fees for doulas vary and some work on a voluntary basis or offer a sliding scale/payment plan. When looking for a doula, we encourage you to chat with a number of doulas to find the one that is right for you.
To learn more about the evidence based benefits of a doula click here.