Will a doula replace my partner at the birth?
No, a doula plays a crucial role in helping a partner become involved in the birth to the extent they feel comfortable.
Does a doula make decisions on my behalf?
A doula does not make decisions for clients or speak for them. A doula can provide information and emotional support and respects the decisions that are made.
What is the difference between a doctor, nurse, or midwife and a doula?
A doula is trained to be a continuous emotional and physical support during labour, but does not perform medical or clinical tasks. A doctor, nurse, or midwife is trained to do medical procedures and evaluate the well-being of both mother and child. As shifts change, you may see different doctors or nurses during your labour and birth. A doula, however, stays with you continuously. Also, your doula focuses only on you, but a doctor, nurse, or midwife may have other moms to look after at the same time. A doula works cooperatively with your entire healthcare team, whichever caregivers you choose.
If I have a midwife, is a doula still helpful?
Yes, as the midwives attend to monitoring the health of mom and baby, and charting the labour and delivery process, a doula is there with you to meet your practical needs- coaching you through each contraction, suggesting positions and comfort techniques, and providing encouragement.
Will a doula support me at home or in the hospital?
A doula provides support in any location you request. This can be at home, in the hospital, or a combination of both.
Do doulas only take clients who want to have a natural, un-medicated labour and birth?
No, a doula supports her clients in whatever their desires are for the birth. Doulas are trained to support women through a variety of preferences and outcomes with unbiased and non-judgmental support.
Do doulas attend planned Caesarean births?
Yes. A doula is a wonderful support during a caesarean birth. If you do not have a partner, or if your partner cannot join you in the operating room, a doula may accompany you during the surgery. Depending on the hospital’s policy, if your partner goes in with you, a doula may or may not be permitted to accompany you and your partner. A doula can, however, support you as you prepare for the birth, in the moments before the surgery, and immediately after as you recover.
At what point in my pregnancy should I contact a doula?
You can contact a doula at any point during your pregnancy. However, in order to ensure a doula is available for the time surrounding your due date, it is helpful to contact your doula as early as possible.