What is a doula?

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