Frequently Asked Questions
What is a labor/birth doula?
A labor doula provides physical, emotional, and informational support during labor. For more info about the role of a doula and the benefits of continuous support check out the Doula? page here!
Is a doula and a midwife the same thing?
Nope! Midwives have undergone extensive medical training so they are qualified to give you medical advice and make sure that you and your baby are medically safe. Doulas do not have any medical training. Doulas are trained in comfort measures during labor, will provide you with evidence based information and support your decisions, and will encourage you while checking in with you emotionally during the birth process.
Will a doula take the role of my partner?
Definitely not! A partner plays an incredibly important role during birth. A doula will often also support the partner during labor, lowering their stress levels, and allowing for them to be fully present for you.
Do doulas only support people who choose an unmedicated birth?
Doulas support all of your decisions around your birth, including the medical pain management options. Doulas can also provide helpful comfort measures for a medicated birth, such as massage and labor positions with epidurals.
What are the benefits of doula support?
Studies show a doula’s continuous support during labor results in shorter labors with fewer complications, fewer medical interventions, reduced use of pain medication, increases chance of spontaneous vaginal birth, and more! Learn more on my Doula? page here.
What training goes into becoming a doula?
There are a range of programs and schools that provide labor doula instruction and certification. I received my certification through Birthingway College of Midwifery. The Birthingway certification process included both classroom work and a practicum period where students provide labor doula support to families for free. In addition to my certification, I frequently attend workshops so that I can improve and broaden my practice.