A Birth Buddy is a doula or birth companion. The word “doula” comes from ancient Greek and is now used to refer to a woman who helps another woman.
It is also applied to childbirth to refer to “a woman experienced in childbirth who provides physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, continuously during and just after childbirth.”
Klaus, Kennell and Klaus, in “Mothering the Mother“.
Read more about Birth Buddies here.
Simply because women supported by a doula during labor have been shown to have:
– 50% reduction of caesarean rate
– 25% shorter labour
– 60% reduction in epidural requests
– 30% reduction in analgesia use
– 40% reduction in forceps delivery
Read more about why you should have a Birth Buddy here.
Birth Buddies is a Cape Town based doula service. Find out more about who we are and our personal stories here.