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More first-time mums seeking doulas

Published on 07/10/2009
The ongoing shortage of midwives in the UK is forcing a growing number of expectant mums to seek the support of doulas, a new survey has found.

Doulas provide non-medical and non-midwifery support to couples in the childbirth process.

Research carried out by Nurturing Birth revealed that almost half of all doulas across the country worked with first-time mothers last year.

According to childbirth experts, the care givers provide much-needed care and guidance to couples anxious about the birthing process.

Winnie Rushby, as spokesperson for Doula UK, said: "Women feel that they are not being heard about their birth preferences. We are there to provide them with continuous, emotional support and to give them continuity of care.

"Because of the shortage of midwives, they may be finding that they're being left alone for long periods of time."

The Telegraph reported this week that in 2004, some 700 women hired a doula to be present during their labour. Last year this number rose to 2,500.
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