Frequently Asked Questions
How will hiring you affect my partner’s role during the birth?
As doulas, we provide emotional, physical, and informational support to birthing people and their partners throughout pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum. By hiring me as your doula, I can work collaboratively with your partner to ensure that they are involved in the birth experience in a way that is comfortable and supportive for them.
We do not replace your partner; instead, we compliment their role by providing additional support and guidance. We can help your partner understand what is happening during the birth process, offer suggestions for comfort measures, and provide reassurance and encouragement throughout the labor and delivery.
Ultimately, our presence as a doula can help your partner feel more confident and empowered during the birth experience, allowing them to fully participate in their child's birth in a meaningful and fulfilling way.
What are your interactions with medical staff like?
We view our role as a member of the birthing person's support team, which includes medical staff such as doctors, nurses, and midwives. We understand and respect the important role that medical staff play in ensuring the health and safety of both the birthing person and their baby.
Interactions with medical staff are professional and respectful. We communicate clearly and effectively, advocating for my client's wishes and preferences while also understanding and following the hospital or birth center's policies and procedures.
We strive to build positive relationships with medical staff, recognizing that we are all working together towards a common goal: a safe and healthy birth for the birthing person and their baby. We are always willing to collaborate with medical staff and to provide support to the birthing person in any way that is appropriate and necessary.
Overall, our interactions with medical staff are guided by a commitment to the birthing person's needs and preferences, while also respecting the expertise and experience of medical professionals.
Do you perform any physical examinations?
No, as a doula, we do not perform any physical examinations or provide medical care. Our role is to provide emotional, physical, and informational support to the birthing person and their partner throughout the childbirth process.
While we may suggest comfort measures, such as breathing techniques or positions, we do not provide any medical interventions or perform any medical procedures. we do not diagnose any medical conditions or offer medical advice.
It is important to note that the role of a doula is complementary to that of medical professionals, such as doctors, midwives, and nurses. We work in partnership with medical staff, respecting their expertise and deferring to them on matters of medical care.
Ultimately, our goal as a doula is to support the birthing person in achieving the birth experience they desire, while working collaboratively with medical professionals to ensure the safety and well-being of both the birthing person and their baby.