WHAT A DOULA DOESN'T DO

Please note that as a doula…

  • I don't perform clinical tasks such as fetal heart monitoring, blood pressure and vaginal exams.
  • I don't make decisions for you.  I will help you get the information and clarity you need to make informed decisions.
  • I don't speak directly to clinical staff regarding matters where health care decisions are being made.  You and your partner will speak on your own behalf.  I will discuss your concerns with you and suggest options as well as encourage you to voice your opinions and questions with your care provider.  I will also remind you if there is a departure from your Birth Vision.
  • I can't take the discomfort away but I can help you optimize the remarkable cocktail of labor hormones that help to minimize your perception of discomfort.