Updated: Aug 7, 2020
Let me start by saying that I am not a doula. I am a midwife. What is the difference, you ask?
A midwife is someone who carefully screens and assesses people during pregnancy for medical complications. They are there to oversee the health of the pregnant person and the baby. A doula, on the other hand, has zero involvement in the medical aspect of pregnancy and birth. This is a great poem that describes what a doula does.
If the Doula Disappeared…No One Would
Sep 5, 2013 by Amy Gilliland
Shut the door
Cover every toe with the blanket
Make sure the curtains overlap
Persevere until we find just the right spot
Remind you to ask questions
Repeat what was said to you during a contraction
Move the yukky towels from your sight and smell right away