Lisa Ridgley is a professional and qualified birth and postnatal doula

registered with Doula UK

offering doula services


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What is a Doula?


A doula is a woman who gives another woman emotional, nurturing and practical support before the baby is born, through labour and postnatally.


A birth doula recognises birth as one of the most important experiences a mother will ever have in her life.  She understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labour.  She provides objective emotional and physical support and helps the woman get the information she needs to make informed decisions.   She can facilitate communication between the labouring woman, her partner and her midwives and doctors.  She will stay with the woman through the labour however long it may be.


A postnatal doula supports the new mother after she has given birth.  She will probably be with you for between 3-6 hours a day for up to 4-8 weeks after the birth.  She will be your companion emotionally and practically.  She will listen, share knowledge and create a nurturing, restful atmosphere for you and your new baby.  She will assist with either breast or bottle feeding. She will support you in your new role as a mother, helping you to care for your newborn or maybe looking after the baby while the mother rests.  Or she can offer more practical support like preparing a meal, some light housework or running errands.



Why use a Doula?


My role as a doula is primarily to support the mother before, during and after the birth.  I am there to listen and to give you unconditional help and encouragement. 


Research shows that having a doula present at the birth can lead to:

50% reduction in caesarean sections

60% reduction in epidural requests

20% shorter time in labour

30% reduction in analgesia use

40% reduction rate of forceps and ventouse

Kennell, Klaus, and Kennell (1993)


As your postnatal doula I am there to help and support you.  I want to give you the opportunity to rest and bond with your baby and to keep you happy and confident in caring for your baby’s needs.