When we tell people we are doulas, we often get lots of questions and a lot of confusion. The role of doulas, especially in the current world of pregnancy and birth, is one that is often misunderstood. We want to clear this up, so here are our five common misconceptions and what you really need to know.
If you are expecting and want to know more about doulas and how we can help your family, make sure to stop by our open house this April 23rd.
1. Doulas are for natural birth only
False. No matter if a mom is deciding to deliver naturally or planning for an epidural doulas are there to educate and provide physical and emotional support. Even more, if labor starts to stall and you have an epidural, your doula can work with the medical staff to help labor progress.
2. Doulas only work with midwives
Nope! We work with OBs too! We work with any birth team combination to provide education and support to moms and their families. We even work with c-section and high risk moms!
3. Doulas are just like midwives
Not the case! Catching babies is not our job. Doulas do not deliver babies and do not do anything clinical. We are more like a coach or adviser focused on mom and family. Even better, we are with you throughout your pregnancy and your postpartum period and not just your birth. It is a three pronged job...clinical education, physical, and emotional support.
4. Doulas are unnecessary if you have a good doctor
Doctors are wonderful, but they are busy and their job is to make sure everyone is healthy and safe. Even the best doctor will not be there the entire time. It is unlikely you will be able to see them more than a few times and we commonly hear moms say, we saw them when we came in and we saw them when the baby was about to come out. We will be there throughout your labor to answer questions, support you and make sure you are taken care of.
5. Doulas take the place of husbands and partners
No way. That would be a really hard job. We love the families we work with and we are there to work with them and support them just like we are supporting moms. Partners often want to help support mom but aren't always sure how, so we encourage them and give ideas on what may be helpful through labor. We are part of the team, not a replacement.