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No: A doula (usually a woman) is trained to attend births and to assist women through the birthing process. Doulas do not deliver babies but focus entirely on the mother's needs. Many women want a doula when planning a natural birth but a doula is totally optional.Good rule: invite only those with whom you feel comfortable to the birth. More info at seattle midwifery school website-sms trains doulas. ...Read more
A labor coach: That charges a fee to help coach u in labor, in almost every labor room the nurses are very good at coaching you, i rec u save your money as doulas in my area charge around $800, and make sure your OB knows u will be using a doula soeveryone is on the same page before the labor and the doula and OB or midwife need to work together. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A good Doula: Can be erty helpful. One drawback is looking down upon epidurals and having women feel bad if they need one for pain control. Remember, they earn a living by helping people through pain, thus they are biased toward not getting pain relief. If oriented that way, go with a doula, you will need all the help you can get. Good luck, congratulations. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Postpartum Doula: What a postpartum doula does changes from day to day, as the needs of the family change. Postpartum doulas do whatever a mother needs to best enjoy and care for her new baby. A large part of their role is education. They share information about baby care with parents, as well as teach siblings and partners to “mother the mother.” they assist with breastfeeding education. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
How is a midwife different than a doula? I’m researching whether i’d like to have a midwife or doula at the birth of my baby, but i’m not clear on the difference.
There : There are two types of midwives- certified nurse midwives and uncertified midwives. Certified nurse midwives require an advanced nursing degree and have undergone the rigorous certification process that licenses them to deliver babies with physician back-up. Uncertified midwives do not require a nursing degree and usually have less formal education, which leaves them unable to qualify for certification. While many uncertified midwives are very good, they are less regulated, which makes it more challenging to assess their qualifications and choose the best midwife. Both certified and uncertified midwives deliver babies, but only certified nurse midwives deliver in hospitals. If youâ€™d prefer to experience labor and delivery with as little intervention as possible, reserving the participation of an ob/gyn only for emergencies, choosing a certified nurse midwife might be your best option. The services of a doula may overlap with those offered by a midwife, but doulas do not deliver babies. A doula serves more as a labor coach, offering guidance, assisting with the labor process, and making recommendations, often for those who seek to deliver naturally and want labor support, as well as the care of an ob/gyn. If youâ€™re under the care of a doula, your doula and someone else- usually an ob/gyn- will deliver the baby. Many ob/gynâ€™s (myself included) love collaborating with midwives and doulas because the midwife or doula often has more time to be at the patientâ€™s bedside, answer questions, make natural childbirth suggestions, and offer emotional support. If you want a doctor to perform your delivery but you want a labor experience that more closely mimics what you might experience with a midwife, a doula might be just the ticket. ...Read more
Improve your odds: Having a doula is no guarantee of achieving a natural birth, but a large body of research shows those with doulas are less likely to require pain meds/anesthesia or need a c-section, forceps or vacuum extraction, so i highly recommend a doula (or friend who will act as a doula) to all women giving birth. See http://www.Dona.Org/resources/research.Php for references to the research if interested. ...Read more
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