Questions I get asked as a doula.

Questions I get asked as a doula

I thought I would share some if the frequently asked questions I get as a doula.

What is a doula? A birth professional that provides non-medical continuous care before, during and after birth. A doula provides physical comfort techniques for labor, such as massage, movement, counter pressure, and positioning. Emotional support to help the mother and partner deal with the many ups and down of labor, and education to help create an optimal birth experience. I am independent and self-employed. As your doula, I am working for you, not your caregiver or hospital.

Do they do medical evaluations or cervical checks? As doula, I do not: Perform clinical tasks, such as blood pressure, fetal heart checks, vaginal exams, or other medical checks. I am there to provide only physical comfort, education and emotional support.
I have heard some providers don’t like doulas because they tell their clients what to do against their doctors wishes? As doula, I do not: Make decisions for you. I will help you get the information necessary to make an informed decision. Remind you if there is a departure from your birth plan. I do not Speak to the staff on your behalf. I will discuss your concerns with you and will help you go over your options, but you or your partner will speak directly to the clinical staff.

What is the difference between a midwife and doula?  Doulas do not catch babies! A doula provides non-medical support and works as a dedicated support person to the birthing family. Midwives and OB’s serve as your health care provider and deliver your baby, while your doula will be your trusty sidekick and dedicated support. ​

I want my partner to be my support person, do doulas replace my partner?  No! As your doula I work along side your partner helping and supporting you and them throughout the birth process. I help your partner take as active a role as they want. I just help them to be able to focus on your emotional needs and not have to worry or understand all the processes taking place in the birth environment.

Doulas are a fantastic addition to your birth team and can help support the birth you want.

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