About Birth Buddies:
Birth Buddies is a doula (birth companion) service based in Cape Town, South Africa.
What is a Doula?
If you are considering hiring a doula for the birth of your baby, you probably have some idea of what a doula does. But what do you tell your friends, mothers-in-law, and others who ask, “What’s a doula?”
doula \DOO-luh\, noun:
an experienced woman who helps a new mother through birth
A doula (birth companion or birth buddy, as we call them) is a trained labour support person who provides emotional and physical support to a labouring woman and her partner. While she is not, and does not replace the need for, a medical professional, she can offer a wide range of comfort measures during labour – from massage to aromatherapy and acupressure to continuous reassurance and coping techniques.
Women supported by a doula during labour 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
From Mothering the Mother: How a Doula Can Help You Have a Shorter, Easier and Healthier Birth by Marshall H. Klaus (Perseus Press, 1993)
Birth Buddies is founded on the belief that birth should be a woman’s greatest achievement in life and not her greatest fear.
Pregnancy and birth are precious and transient stages of our lives, which should be remembered with fond satisfaction. Birth Buddies aims to help moms (and dads) accomplish that.
What about dads/husbands/partners?
Experience has shown that doulas do not “take over” their jobs but enhance their role by modelling behaviour, drawing them closer, and assuring them that the processes of birth are normal and desirable. Our society has quickly gone from barring partners from the birth arena, to relying upon them for full support in labour. Neither is a balanced approach. The pain and blood of birth are not the same as pain and blood of injury or illness, but to a loved one inexperienced in birth and feeling alone, this might be difficult to remember or distinguish. In fact fathers and partners end up being our best advertising!
Please see our Services Offered page for specific details on what services are offered by our Birth Buddies and what we do.
Contact Us if you have any questions or want to book your birth buddy.