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What is a doula and do I have to have one?

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Dr. Theresa-Ann Clark
Family Medicine

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Theresa-Ann Clark
Dr. Theresa-Ann Clark
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