The Antenatal/Antepartum Doula
The antenatal or antepartum doula offers antenatal care and pregnancy support to the high-risk mother while she is still pregnant.
The expectant mother may be confined to bed for medical reasons and therefore unable to look after herself or others. In this case she will require special antenatal care. The antenatal doula provides pregnancy support by assisting with mother/child care, light housekeeping, running short errands and preparing nutritious meals. She supports and educates the mother about pregnancy, birth and postnatal issues and provides her with appropriate help.
The antenatal doula can also lend an ear to help the mother deal with the additional fears associated with a high-risk pregnancy and possible outcomes. And, most importantly, she helps keep the family organised so their lives can flow more smoothly even if mother is not feeling well.
If you suffer from Tokophobia, the Antenatal Doula can help.