A Doula acts as a professional support for moms and dads to be before, during and after birth but mainly focuses on helping parents achieve the home or hospital birth experience that they envision. Doulas can be instrumental in having a gentle birth and providing encouragement, knowledge and guidance for a happy and healthy birth.

It can be helpful to meet with a few doulas and find the person you click most with. You can find a list of doulas in Cork below. Remember to inquire about qualifications and insurance and discuss your options for having a doula in attendance with your maternity hospital.