A Uniquely Intimate Film Screening; DOULA! – a documentary film about doulas (professional birth companions) is being screened at The Wellbeing Centre, Newbury as part of World Doula Week, a worldwide campaign to help raise awareness.
Doula! The Ultimate Birth Companion
is a 60 minute, intimate and emotionally charged documentary about doulas and their part in pregnancy, birth and the first few weeks.
Through close-up documentary footage of three doula-supported births, Doula! captures the non- medical but highly practical and emotional support given to the mother before, during and after childbirth. This unique look into a doula supported birth is captured through two intimately filmed home water births and accompanied by a video diary shot by the parents of a home birth that ends in a hospital caesarean section.
Film-maker Toni Harman said:
“I was inspired to make Doula! by my own difficult birth experience five years ago that ended in an emergency caesarean. I wish I had known about doulas then as I’m sure I would have had a much more positive experience. The film has really opened my eyes about the amazing difference having a doula can make and I’m hoping the film will empower other women to have the birth they want, with the help of a doula.”
There is significant medical evidence to show that doulas have a positive impact on a woman’s and a family’s experience of pregnancy, birth and the immediate postnatal period. Doulas do not replace the work of midwives, but instead work alongside midwives and doctors, providing antenatal & postnatal support, and continuous support during labour & birth.
Research has shown that having a doula present at a birth:
• Shortens first-time labour by an average of 2 hours
• Decreases the chance of caesarean section by 50%
• Decreases the need for pain medication
• Helps fathers participate with confidence
• Increases success in breastfeeding
Local Mum, Lindsey Brooks, who hired a doula for the birth of her third son last year said:
“she was a wise and supportive guide who helped me achieve the birth experience I wanted”.
The free Doula! film is being shown at The Wellbeing Centre on Wednesday 27th March, from 8pm. The screening is being organised by The Wellbeing Centre Director, Claire Bushell, and local Doula, Lindsey Middlemiss, who runs the breastfeeding support group Newbury Breast Friends that meets weekly at The Wellbeing Centre on friday mornings 10 – 11.30am.
If you’d like to attend, please register below free-of-charge: