Women have the remarkable potential to create life. Capable of much, in the realm of birth, women can trust their innate ability to birth well. When someone is reminded they are strong enough, that birth is within their capacity to handle, or that they have the ability to make appropriate choices for themselves or their baby, that person actively participates in their own birth. Birth is intense and has the potential to be highly impactful, physically and emotionally, for the labouring mother. Whatever the medical needs of a woman, she has the right to be listened to in one of the most profound experiences of her life, and to be surrounded with care that reminds her she can do this. When a woman is free to follow the intuition and rhythms of her body, and when she believes that labour is within her ability and that her voice and opinions are worth honouring,

she can experience the secret that birth is beautiful.

 

 

 The best support surrounds you with what you need in order to focus on your task. This may be diverse for different women, but it all centers on the greatest emphasis to respect, honour and collaborate with the mother.

The role of a doula is not to influence a birthing person toward one particular vision of birth but

to believe in her and empower her to birth in her own way.