If you’re an expecting mother in Barcelona, you might be searching for an experienced doula to get you through childbirth. Here’s everything you need to know about doulas and where to find some of the best doulas in Barcelona.
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What is a doula?
A doula, also known as a birth companion, is someone who assists women during the entire process of having a baby. This includes supporting the mother before, during, and after childbirth. Doulas provide both emotional and physical support. The doula is there to make sure the mother feels safe and comfortable but does not play any clinical role in the decision-making process with doctors and nurses. Most doulas, however, have completed a certification workshop among other childbirth professionals to prepare them for their role as a birth companion.
Services provided by doulas often include massages, posture support, encouragement during labor, and sometimes post-partum support if a family chooses it. The relationship between doulas and clients often begins several months before the birth so they get to know one another and can create a birth plan together. If you’re interested in hiring a doula for the birth of your child in Barcelona, here are a few of the best doulas in the city to consider.
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Vicky González offers doula services in Barcelona in English, Spanish, Catalan, and French. She is a mother of three children, so she understands the ups and downs that come along with pregnancy and being a new mother. She can assist with any doubts or fears you might have during your pregnancy, providing emotional support along the way. She also offers classes alongside a midwife in which you and your partner can learn some tricks to make you feel comfortable during pregnancy and labor.
From week 38 forward, Vicky is on-call to help her clients 24 hours a day. During labor, she goes with clients to the hospital to assist and provide support until the baby is born. She also visits 24 hours after the birth and provides post-partum support if needed, including services like breastfeeding assistance.
Anna Santos is a mother of two children with a passion for maternity and helping women in the process of becoming mothers. She offers services like prenatal yoga classes and pregnancy workshops alongside her work as a doula. If you hire her as a doula, she will come to your home to talk provide support during pregnancy, take care of your every need, help you create a birth plan, and support you emotionally and physically throughout the entire process of pregnancy and labor. She also offers post-partum services and support according to the needs of the family and is always there to help her clients with any emotional needs concerning childbirth and maternity.
Many pregnant women, especially when expecting their first child, go through a range of emotions and worries when it comes to pregnancy, giving birth, and settling into a new lifestyle after the birth of their child. Doulas are there help mothers every step of the way, providing much more in-depth support than they will get from doctors and nurses alone. Whatever your pregnancy or childbirth needs in Barcelona, both of these experienced doulas provide excellent services for you and your newborn.
Hi Rachael, what a lovely post you’ve got here, it’s so nice to see that people are becoming more familiar with the term doula and not just that but fully understanding the Doula’s role and the importance of continuity of care throughout the childbearing year. I’m also a doula relocating from the UK to Barcelona in March 2018. I would love to meet up with other doulas in the area.
Hi Liana, welcome to Barcelona! I am Lorenza (www.conilcuore.es) and I am also a doula. You can find my contact details on my webpage if you want to meet up. And yes, indeed, great post Reachel, thank you!
Hi there and thank you so much for this post. How much does a typical doula service cost?