Monday, October 13, 2014

Is a Doula like a Midwife?

People ask me all the time, "So, is a doula like a midwife?" The answer is yes and no.

Doulas are LIKE midwives in the sense we both support women in labor and attend births. But there are also some very big differences.
Here's a fun clip from the new FOX show Mulaney that helps explain it a little:



First, that's really fun because doulas are hitting the small screen on FOX! Secondly, he explained it simply and very well.

What are Doulas?

A doula provides someone with physical and emotional support before, during and just after labor. Mulaney says, "It's like paying someone to be your mom!" In fact, we often describe our work as doulas as "mothering the mother."

Doulas don't handle any medical tasks during childbirth. They don't take blood pressure, perform vaginal checks or monitor the baby. They offer continuous emotional, physical and informational support to the mother and her family so the medical team (like the Midwife or Physician) can focus on health and medical needs of mother and baby.

What are Midwives?

Mulaney says, "Midwives have to go through nursing courses in midwifery," and he's absolutely right! The Midwife handles all the prenatal health care and medical needs during pregnancy, labor and postpartum. She can handle everything needed in birth, short of performing surgery.

So, now you know the difference between Doulas and Midwives, thanks to a little humor and some funny words that are fun to say!

1 comment:

Byford Family said...

Loved this, that a network show contained an accurate and entertaining description of what a doula does!

 

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