Rise of the Doula: If a doula were a drug, it would be unethical not to use it. – John Kennell, M.D.

Have you ever used a Doula or postpartum helper?

Since recently finishing off my Doula studies I’ve had many woman ask me about the role that Doula’s play in the birth process and how you’d find a GREAT Doula in your area. The easiest thing I could say is to google Doula’s in Cape Town, but would you prefer a googled name or rather word of mouth referrals?

If you’re still unsure of what a Doula is, their role and what they offer then you can read this post HERE.


In South Africa there has been a rise in demand for the services a Doula can offer. Studies have shown how including a Doula leads to better outcomes for birth for both Mother and Baby. So much so that even some medical aids have seen the importance in including birth companions to the birth team and have started paying for this service.

What I’d love to do is showcase these wonder women who formed part of your birthing team. So if you’ve used a Doula and would like to share your special birth story giving them some praise then please send me a mail or comment on this post and I’ll get in touch.

Blog Series showcasing the rise of the Doula

I would like to share your journey. How you chose your Doula, the process involved, your research, your pregnancy, your birth story. How your Doula helped you and lastly what benefit it had on your birthing experience. If we can get a line or 2 from your partner that would be awesome too.

Also, if you’re a Doula and would like to share your experiences and get a little bit of exposure then please let me know!

While hiring a doula may seem like a recent trend in birthing, having a Doula is a very old practice. Long before the field of obstetrics was developed, women assisted other women in bringing their children into the world. Traditionally it was either a family friend/female relative or elder in the community. Nowadays it’s an actual profession, so why not give it a thought if you’re pregnant?

Did you know that celebrities have even gotten behind the support of Doula’s? Several celebrities have used doulas, such as Kelly Rowland, Nicole Kidman and twin sisters Tia Mowry-Hardrict and Tamera Mowry-Housley.

If a doula were a drug, it would be unethical not to use it. – John Kennell, M.D.


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