Question: What is a doula?
Answer: A doula is a trained childbirth professional who specializes in providing continual physical, emotional, and educational support to women during pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period. The word doula is Greek in origin and roughly translates to “female servant” or “to mother the mother.” My goal as a doula is to help all of my mommies-to-be have a safe, comfortable, empowering, and memorable birth experience to be cherished for her lifetime.
Question: What is the difference between a doula and a midwife?
Answer: Unlike midwives, doulas do not provide medical care in childbirth, rather, they work in conjunction with the medical professionals so that the mother is always supported in every capacity she needs during childbirth. Whether you choose to have a midwife or an OBGYN as your medical care provider during pregnancy and labor, a doula will assist the mother and birth partner with having an informed and comfortable birth tailored to her needs and desires. Most importantly, a doula never leaves a mother’s side during labor and will be a constant source of encouragement and support, whereas medical professionals are often caring for several patients at one time and will be in and out of the birthing room.