Is a Doula like a Midwife or Doctor?

No.  A doula is not a medical professional, although she works in a field that is usually associated with conventional medicine.  A doula is trained to be very knowledgeable about pregnancy, labor, birth and the postnatal period, and can provide an expectant mother with lots of information to help her make informed decisions about her labor and birth.   A doula can also provide emotional and physical comfort measures that standard care givers do not have the capacity to provide.  Conventional medical tasks are out of the doula’s realm, such as taking blood pressure readings or doing vaginal exams.

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