Allow doulas in all hospitals in South Africa
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The c-section rates in the private sector in South Africa is up to 95% in some hospitals. In public hospitals, this figure is usually lower, but many women talk about being treated badly in the hospitals by staff, and not being able to have their partner with them during their birth. Doulas help bring down c-section rates as they help mothers make informed decisions, aid in pain relief, and hold their space. They are not medical professionals but assist the birthing person before birth, during and after on an emotional, physical, mental and sometimes spiritual level. Doulas help the mothers feel respected and safe and have an overall healthier birth experience. All hospitals should allow doulas to be with the birthing person throughout their labours, and during a c section to explain what is happening, and be with the mother when at times the partner and babies are taken away. Sadly not all hospitals are open to this, but hopefully with your help, this can change.
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