This Morning’s Dr Zoe Williams enlists help of doula as she prepares to give birth

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Dr Zoe Williams has revealed that she has enlisted the help of a doula to prepare for the birth of her first child and she is “leaning more towards” having a home birth.

The This Morning star, 41, who is currently 37 weeks pregnant with her and boyfriend Stuart McKay's first baby, described how she has seen two doulas to help address her “over-medicalised view of childbirth”.

Zoe, who recently showed off her blossoming baby bump during a live appearance onThis Morning , described how she has “changed how she feels about birth” after seeing her body "grow" and "nurture" her unborn child.

“My partner Stuart and I have seen two doulas, Leti and Lauren, regularly and they’ve helped me address my over-medicalised view of childbirth while remaining evidence-based and appreciating scientific data,” Dr Zoe wrote in Fabulous magazine.

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A doula is a professional pregnancy companion who provides emotional and physical support to expectant parents before, during and after birth.

Unlike midwives, obstetricians or gynaecologists, doulas do not have a medical background but can offer relaxation techniques, labour positions and a soothing voice during labour.

The doula can also be on-hand to translate medical terminology, assist with non-medical pain management techniques including massage, reflexology and mantras.

Meanwhile Dr Zoe described how she would be in favour of a home birth if it is deemed “safe” by her midwives after previously considering an elective caesarean when she first discovered she was pregnant.

The GP added: “I am leaning more towards having our baby at home, if my midwives deem it safe.

“If I go into spontaneous labour before my due date, it’s likely they will support my hope.

“But if I go beyond my due date, an induction may be recommended due to my age of 41, and hospital is likely to become a more suitable place.”

It comes after Zoe shared her baby news in January with her 86,500 Instagram followers, writing: "So excited to share our news — we're having a baby and couldn't [be] more thrilled!"

Her famous friends were quick to adorn the post with messages of congratulations, with Ferne McCann writing: "I am beyond excited for you. Congrats."

The X Factor runner-up Fleur East commented: "Woooo!!!! Yes girl! You’re gonna be the best Mummy."

Strictly Come Dancing star Oti Mabuse wrote: "Congratulations Mami," as fellow This Morning doctor Amir Khan added: "Oh my god!! Amazing news congratulations!!"

EastEnders actress Louisa Lytton chimed: "Congratulations so, so happy for you x," with Lisa Snowdon finishing: "Wow wow wow!!! Sooooo happy for you both! Congratulations."

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