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Seva Doulas are a team of strong, crunchy birthkeepers offering antenatal, birth and postnatal support influenced by South Asian traditions. In doing so, we also call for personalised care from the medicalised maternity system to achieve better experiences and outcomes for black and brown people.
We have been trained by the best doula educators and mentors, and are passionate about serving and empowering birthing people, especially people of colour, through South Asian traditions and healing practices.
Our Sevadar Doulas provide pro bono services and are ready to assist those experiencing financial hardship.
We offer our support in home or hospital settings within West London and surrounding areas.
We promote evidence-based care because the maternity system is not working for the black and brown community. Studies widely report the benefits of evolutionary approaches to enable physiological birth to progress for ALL mothers and birthing people so we need to ensure care is personalised rather than based on blanket protocols targeting specific races. Research declares that having doulas present helps to reduce maternal and infant mortality in childbirth. So to help eradicate the inequalities faced by people of colour on their reproductive journeys within the medicalised maternity system we make every effort to secure personalised care based on up-to-date evidence. Alongside promoting evidence-based care, we reclaim birthing traditions and rituals from our ancestors which have been almost lost, to provide a level of care absolutely second to none.
We advocate for those who are disadvantaged, provide childbirth education and empower birthing parents so they can navigate the system with confidence, knowing their rights and not feel coerced into making ill-informed decisions that will impact them for the rest of their lives.
We believe everyone could benefit from having a doula, but don't just take our word for it! The World Health Organisation recommends continuous support for women during childbirth for a positive child birth experience. Our Sevadar Doulas work closely with organisations that are dedicated to marginalised mothers, infants and children and provide support regardless of income for a more equitable maternity system in the UK.
To serve birthing people and reflect the traditional ways their cultures would care for them. We are passionate about serving and empowering people through all stages of their family-building journeys and are proud of our roots being firmly grounded in South-Asian traditions and healing practices with which it is an honour to retrieve and utilise in supporting the birthing community. Seva Doulas strive to mother the mother so she is happier, stronger and better equipped to mother her baby.
In support of a petition by Holly Avis, the #butnotmaternity campaign was created by Kicki Hansard and the doulas of Birth Bliss Academy to stop women from having to birth alone due to the unnecessary restrictions imposed on them during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) have issued draft guidance recommending the induction of labour to be considered at 39 weeks for black, brown and other minority ethnic women. This is yet another attack on the marginalised community, creating the allusion that their bodies are less able to birth and need to be controlled by white figures of authority. Sign the petition against the implementation of these guidelines here.