DOES A DOULA REPLACE THE DAD OR PARTNER?
Definitely not. A doula does not replace or take over the role of the Dad or Partner. A Doula is there to help support the Partner in supporting the woman to the extent that they feel comfortable with. For Partners who want to be actively involved, the doula will help guide them. The Doula can take turns, and encourage them to take that much needed guilt free food or bathroom break. There is less stress and pressure on the Partner having to remember everything, when a Doula is present to relay the information.
Less stress on Partner = Less fear and anxiety on the woman
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A MIDWIFE AND A DOULA?
A midwife is a fully trained medical professional who provides prenatal/postnatal care check ups and attends the labour to deliver the baby.
A Doula is a certified professional who does not perform any medical tasks, and does not substitute a Doctor, Nurse or Midwife. A Doula is a support person that guides, informs, and creates a safe space for the expecting parents through the amazing journey of birth.
WHAT KIND OF TRAINING DO DOULA'S RECEIVE?
Doula's typically go through an extensive two year program with a certified and recognized Doula Organization. Through the certification process they have to read a handful or more of books on pregnancy and childbirth, with write-ups on them all. They will have to acquire hours from workshop training as well as hours in elective training workshops. The organization will allocate written assignments, projects and exams that will have to be completed. As well as attending births as a certifying Doula to receive certification.