A little support during your pregnancy and birth is something any expectant mother would appreciate and a doula (pronounced doo-la) is someone who can provide this support.
This year doulas from all over Australia will gather at Lake Ainsworth, Lennox Head, for a retreat style doula conference as part of the annual World Doula Week 22–28 March.
‘Being a doula takes great passion, commitment, the ability to be present, unwavering strength and compassion, and a whole lot of energy! Often, doulas work in isolation with lots of reward – but, very little recognition,’ said founding committee member and veteran doula, Shivam Rachana.
The conference provides the chance for doulas to meet in person, gain professional development and enjoy an inspiring range of presenters.
‘The Doula Representative of the Year award will also be presented in recognition of a special doula who will represent the profession and promote the work of doulas in the birthing and general community for the coming year,’ she said.
A doula is not only beneficial for those women who choose to give birth naturally or at home. Today many pregnant women see a doula as a person who will assist them in navigating the medical and hospital system; she will guide them to ask the right questions and ensure they are informed about current protocol and procedures.
For more information about the conference visit www.doulaconference.com.au or contact Anna Watts 0421 510 512.