Probably the #1 comment I get when I say what I do: “oh, you’re a doula! Like a midwife?”
Nope! Well, we are “like midwives” in that we are both present at births. But midwives are direct care providers. More like OBs, but with a different model of care.
Doulas are labor support professionals who are focused on providing physical, emotional, and informational support to families before, during, and after their births.
Sometimes I say: “Doulas are waist up, and midwives are waist down!” Though I’ve been known to hold a leg or massage a foot in labor :-)
Bottom line: doulas and midwives work together as valuable members of your birth team! Each has an important role to play. Contact me today if you are interested in adding a doula to your birth team!