Nope, I don’t deliver babies.
This is probably the question I get the most once someone finds out that I’m a doula and indigenous
birth keeper. So here you go everyone, Im going to set the record straight and outline the two distinct
and separate roles that a doula and midwife( or doctor/OB have and how we call work as a team to
provide you the care you need and deserve.
Your Midwife/OB/Doctor Will:
- Provide medical care during pregnancy, birth and for the short term in the postpartum period.
- Run prenatal tests
- Perform physical examinations
- Advise pregnant person on their health during and after baby
- Administer pain medications
- Monitor birthing person and baby during labour and delivery
- Deliver a baby vaginally
Midwives/Doctors and OBs are licensed medical professionals. Their services are covered by your MSP.
Your Doula May:
- Build a relationship with you and your birthing team
- Build a plan for your birth
- Coach you on how to advocate for yourself in your birth space
- Direct you to resources within your community
- Use specialized tools and techniques to manage the physical and emotional needs of labour
- Provide guidance to partners
- Ensure the birther and partner feels confident, calm and as comfortable as possible
- Suggest positions and techniques to aid in labour progression
- Help support feeding choices
- One on one postpartum care
Although Doulas don’t offer medial care, research shows that the emotional, informational and physical
care they do offer decreases labour times, the instances of Csections and contributes to the overall
satisfaction of the birth experience. If you want to learn more about the positive ways doulas can
impact pregnancy, labour and the postpartum period read this, or call me!