Frequently Asked Questions
Answering all Your Questions
How will hiring you affect my partner’s role during the birth?
A doula is not here to replace your partner. In fact, a doula's presence and coaching can encourage your partner to be an active participant and support person in your birthing experience. Read our blog post "What Is a Doula and Why Do I Need One" to read about this in more depth.
Is a doula and a midwife the same thing?
No! A doula provides no medical or nursing care. Since she doesn’t have these responsibilities, or other patients to attend to, she can give her complete attention to being by a woman’s side for the entire length of her labor.
Why do doula-attended births have better outcomes?
Studies consistently show that doula care is associated with shorter labors, less use of epidurals and other pain medications, lower episiotomy rates, and as much as a 50% reduction in the C-section rate, and greatly increases a mother’s overall satisfaction with her birthing experience.
Can a doula help me if I want an epidural?
YES! A doula’s presence is helpful during early labor and during the epidural placement process. She then continues to care for the woman and her family, offering emotional and informational support. And when it’s time to deliver the baby, the doula’s assistance can be invaluable.
Can I still have a doula if I have a C-section?
Yes, a woman having a C-section can still use a doula’s support. The doula may or may not be in the operating room, depending on the wishes of the family and the medical staff, but either way, the doula is still there for the new mother in the recovery room, throughout your pregnancy, and for postpartum support.
What are your interactions with medical staff like?
A doula does not act or speak on your behalf to the medical staff, but we are here to help your voice be heard. At the end of the day, we are each part of a team to ensure you have a positive birth experience.
You may decide on a birth plan to pursue, and your doula can make sure everyone at your birthing place is aware of your wishes. Similarly, if there is a medical reason for an intervention that you previously hadn't planned for, your doula can talk you through your options, the risks, and the benefits before making a final decision. Our job is ensuring that the communication between you and the medical professionals goes as smoothly as possible.
Do you perform any physical examinations?
No, a doula is not a medical professional and should never perform any physical examinations, give medical advice, or contradict your healthcare professional's recommendations.