Q) What does a doula do?
A) DONA International defines a doula as; "A trained professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to a mother before, during and shortly after childbirth to help her achieve the healthiest, most satisfying experience possible"
Q) Do doulas only attend home births?
A) Doulas attend all births! We support women in home, hospital and birth center settings
Q) Do doulas deliver babies?
A) Our role is non-clinical. We do not deliver babies, give medical advice, perform fetal heart tone checks or do cervical exams. We are not a primary care provider. Doulas are hired to to provide advocacy, education, and emotional and physical support to clients during pregnancy and birth.
Q) I am planning on using pain medication (epidural, morphine), can a doula still be a benefit to me?
A) Absolutely! Doulas support all births and our job does not end when a woman chooses to utilize medical pain relief. Through optimal positioning, emotional and physical support and encouragement, we can help women achieve empowerment and control in her birth experience. A doula supports your choices.
Q) Will my doula make decisions for me?
A) A doula is an advocate but does not make decisions for you.
Q) Will a doula replace my partner?
A) A doula compliments the partner's role by providing suggestions, reassurance, advocacy and relief. A doula does not attempt to replace the partner's role, rather to work together as a duo with the partner to support the labouring woman.