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Birthday with a doula

Early this March, several horror stories emerged in the media about pregnant women who were turned away from a Western Sydney maternity ward and had to give birth unattended by a health professional, one in the hospital car park and another one at home. These stories shone a light on the deficiencies of the hospital system, overworked midwives, a lack of staff and resources that leave some women frightened and looking at alternative options for giving birth. In order to receive the continuity of care they can’t find in maternity wards, some women choose to hire a private midwife and give birth in their own home, while others choose to use the services of a doula (birth attendant) to have a support at the hospital when giving birth, as well as throughout their pregnancy.