Frequently Asked Questions
What is a birth doula?
A birth doula is a person trained and experienced in childbirth who provides continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to the mother before, during, and just after childbirth. The word doula comes from ancient Greek, meaning, “a woman who serves.”
Does a doula replace nursing staff?
No. Doulas do not replace nurses or other medical staff. Doulas do not perform clinical or medical tasks such as taking blood pressure or temperature, monitoring fetal heart rate, doing vaginal examinations or providing postpartum clinical care. They are there to comfort and support the mother and to enhance communication between the mother and medical professionals.
Does a doula make decisions on my behalf?
A doula does not make decisions for clients or intervene in their clinical care. She provides informational and emotional support, while respecting a woman’s decisions.
Will a doula make my partner or family feel unnecessary?
No, a doula is supportive to both the mother and her partner, and plays a crucial role in helping a partner become involved in the birth to the extent he/she feels comfortable.
Have more questions?
Thank you taking the time to read my frequently asked questions. I am happy to sit down with you for a free doula care consultation to help you decide if I am the right doula for your upcoming birth. Along with my home community of Santee, California, I serve families through the San Diego area. You can contact me though email, phone, or using this contact form.