What a doula does:
Provides emotional, physical and informational support during pregnancy, labor, birth and during the final postpartum visit. Doulas may make referrals to appropriate community resources as needed. This can include, but is not limited to acupuncturists, chiropractors, Mother-Baby friendly health care providers, massage therapists, naturopaths, mental health care professionals, La Leche League, lactation consultants, etc.
What a doula DOES NOT do:
Doulas are not birth advocates and do not speak to a client’s health care provider on behalf of the client. They are not medical professionals and do not provide medical treatment or diagnosis. Diagnosis, treatment, and medical monitoring including, but not limited to, body temperature, blood pressure, heart rate and cervical dilation, etc.are outside of a doula’s scope of practice.