Frequently Asked Questions
Is a doula the same as a midwife?
A doula is not clinically or medically trained and does not provide any medical or clinical advice, assessments, or medical procedures. A midwife provides medical care similar to an obstetrician. Doulas and midwives often work together to provide you with a good birth experience!
How is a doula different than a labor & delivery nurse?
A nurse is not able to be with you continuously as they have many responsibilities besides you. When present with you, a nurse is also responsible for your and baby's health, which requires them to do clinical tasks and charting. A nurse may also change shifts during your labor. A doula's primary role is you (the birthing woman), allowing you to have continuous support and someone advocating for you and your desires.
Does a doula replace my partner or other support person?
A doula does not replace your partner or other support you may have! In fact, a doula can help navigate the changes you may be experiencing in your relationship with your partner throughout this transitional time and help you to strengthen the bond between you and your partner. A doula will help guide your partner to support you well during pregnancy, labor, and birth while providing additional support and coaching to you. A doula can give your partner a needed break, help your partner feel empowered and supported, and give your partner the freedom to be with you and enjoy the experience instead of needing to remember everything you have learned and discussed and managing the experience. However, if you don’t have a partner or your partner does not wish to be actively involved, a doula can step in to fill those gaps in your support.
Do you only need a doula if you want an unmedicated birth?
A doula is beneficial no matter what type of birth you desire! A doula’s role is to support you in whatever type of birth you desire. Doula support does often result in less need for pain medication and other interventions and can provide crucial education and support for those pursuing an unmedicated birth. However, if you desire a medicated birth, a doula still provides important help preparing for your birth, providing comfort and care until you have pain medications, and helping you with information, movement, and care after you have pain medication so that you can continue to navigate decisions and have a healthy and positive birth experience.
When should I hire a doula?
It is great to get in touch with a doula as soon as you know you are pregnant! The sooner you are able to connect with a doula, the more support and help they will be able to provide to you. It is helpful to have a doula selected by the end of your second trimester. However, it is never too late to get in touch with a doula!
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