What is the difference between a Doula and a Midwife ?
A midwife is a medically trained professional. She provides prenatal care and attends your birth. She can listen to and assess your babies wellbeing, check cervical dilation and give medical advice.
A doula does not perform any medical services and does not assist in the actual birth.
What kind of training do Doulas receive ?
There are no limits set on who can actually call themselves a doula and practice as one. However, most Doulas (myself included) are certified by a doula training organisation. This usually includes reading several books on pregnancy and childbirth, completing book reports and/or exam. The doula may also attend a training session or childbirth education classes. She must attend training births, usually 3 to 6 before she can be certified.Then she may need to turn in evaluations from the parents, nurses or doctors that were present at the birth.
Is it true that doula's just support families who choose a more “natural” approach?
No. Doulas want every woman to have a positive and empowering birth experience. For some women, that means giving birth with as little intervention as possible. For others, labouring without medication is not even a consideration, either for personal or medical reasons.
Doulas are there to support all your choices, whether you want medication or not, or choose to breastfeed or not. Make sure when interviewing a doula that both of your philosophies are similar, or that she will support your choices.
Will a doula push their opinions and philosophies onto their clients?
No. A doula provides their clients with information so they can make informed descisions. Then the doula's job is to support the choices. A doula does not make decisions for the couple, and she should not provide biased information.
As your doula at Norwest Doula Services it is my priority to do the very best to my ability to help you achieve the birth YOU want to achieve.
"Birth is not only about making babies. Birth is about making mothers - strong, competent, capable mothers who trust themselves and know their inner strength."