So what is the role of a Doula? 

                               

 

  

Doulas “mother the mother” 

 

  • Provides emotional support to mother and her partner

  • Aids in comfort measures: breathing, relaxation, movement, positioning, massage

  • Continuously reassures and comforts the mother (the key word is continuous—a doula rarely leaves the mother’s side)

  • Helps a mother become informed about various birth choices

  • Advocates for the mother and helps facilitate communication between the mother and care provider

  • Can take photos of labor and birth if requested 

  • Doula's respect your vision and decisions you make regarding your birth choices 

 

 

 

 What doulas do NOT do:

 

  • Doulas are NOT medical professionals

  • They do not perform clinical tasks such as vaginal exams or fetal heart monitoring

  • They do not give medical advice or diagnose conditions

  • They do not judge you for decisions that you make

  • They do not let their personal values or biases get in the way of caring for you 

  • They do not take over the role of your husband or partner, but rather support their ability to better support you

  • They do not deliver the baby

 

You can read more about what doulas do and do not do in the DONA International’s standard of practice for birth doulas

"If a doula were a drug, it would be unethical not to use it."

 

~John H. Kennell, MD

 

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