A doula is a woman who provides continuous comfort, companionship and emotional support to a woman during pregnancy, labour and the period after birth. Studies of doula support from a number of other countries have now shown a range of benefits for both women and babies. These include less intervention during labour and fewer caesarean sections, more women starting and continuing breastfeeding, and increased use of services such as smoking cessation. Doula care is rare in the UK, especially for disadvantaged women, but is a promising innovation that could improve the health and wellbeing of disadvantaged mothers and babies.
|Funder(s):||National Institute For Health Research|
|Start Date:||October 2011|
|Expiry Date:||June 2013|