Doula UK has released a statement on Unassisted Births with Doulas Present. This is in response to confusion following the publication of the (2014) updated Doula UK Code of Conduct for doula members, which no longer specifically mentions unassisted childbirth, and subsequent erroneous public statements about Doula UK.
STATEMENT ON UNASSISTED BIRTHS WITH DOULAS PRESENT
Unassisted childbirth – the process of intentionally giving birth without the assistance of a medical or professional birth attendant – is a decision made by a very small percentage of parents.
Doula UK (DUK) does not take a stand or position on UC. However, DUK registered doulas are strongly encouraged to consider the multifaceted considerations of attending a planned UC. Further information is available for member doulas.
Doula UK (DUK) registered doulas support a woman’s right to autonomy and freedom of choice. DUK doulas recognise that womens’ choices are valid and that a woman assumes responsibility for the birth, parenting style or feeding method that she feels is right for her and her baby. DUK doulas offer practical and emotional support, but not advice, to the mother and/or parents, empowering them in their own choices. They may signpost clients to non-judgmental, knowledge-based information and resources to enable clients to make the informed choices that are right for them. Any type of medical or clinical assistance is contrary to the Code of Conduct agreed upon by DUK registered doulas.
Written by Lindsey Middlemiss, Head of External Communications for Doula UK
Approved by the Board of Doula UK
12 December 2014