What is the difference between a Doula and a Midwife?
A doula is a person who supports pregnant women and their families during pregnancy, birth and postpartum. This support is on an emotional and logistical level; for example, coaching you through your birth options, and how to best prepare for your desired birth.
We also ensure that your wishes are respected by providing you with all the relevant information regarding the logistics surrounding birth in a hospital or at home, such as informing you on protocols and what equipment is available to you.
A midwife is a medical professional that can perform clinical tasks, such as fetal heart monitoring, blood pressure monitoring, and vaginal exams.
Can you advocate for my birthing choices?
Throughout the process, I will help you get the information and clarity you need to make informed decisions. Legally, only you and your partner can speak on your own behalf regarding matters where healthcare decisions are being made.
As your doula, I can discuss your concerns with you, and I can suggest options, as well as encourage you to voice your opinions and questions with the clinical staff, and I can also remind you if there is a departure from your birth vision.