Frequently Asked Questions
What is a doula?
A doula is a professional birth support person. Doulas are knowledgeable about birth and provide information, emotional, and physical support to birthing people and families before, during, and after birth. Doulas support your decisions through the antepartum period so that you can have the best possible birth experience.
What is the difference between a doula and a midwife?
Certified Nurse Midwives and Certified Professional Midwives are licensed to provide clinical, medical care to birthing people, to deliver babies, and provide postpartum medical care.
Doulas provide informational, emotional and physical support to birthing people and their families. Doulas do not provide clinical or medical support.
Do doulas do physical examinations?
Doulas do not perform any clinical or medical tasks such as taking blood pressure, cervical exams, or checking fetal heart tones. Doulas provide only informational, emotional, and physical support.
What about my partner? Will they feel left out if we hire a doula?
A doula’s job is not to replace your birth partner, but rather to support your family so that you can be confident and fully present during birth. Birth partners and doulas work together to assist the birthing person and support their decisions.
Are you vaccinated against Covid-19?
Yes! Being vaccinated allows me to stay healthy and protect my community. If you have questions about the Covid-19 vaccine I recommend talking to your doctor to discuss your concerns.