No, I’m Not Like a Midwife; Doulas VS Midwives

So many people have not heard of a Doula or they do not know what a Doula does. I’ve had phone calls from several women wanting a homebirth, asking me to attend their birth to deliver their baby.

According to Wikipedia  , a Doula, also known as a birth companion and post birth supporter, is a nonmedical person who assists a person before, during and/or after childbirth, as well as her spouse  and/or family, by providing physical assistance and emotional support. To read more about this, click on the above Wikipedia link. You need to make sure when hiring a Doula, that your Doula has been trained and is certified or pursuing certification through a reputable certifying agency.

A midwife, according to, is a person who serves as an attendant at childbirth but is not a physician. Some midwives (called certified nurse midwives)  are trained in university programs, which usually require previous education in nursing; others (called lay midwives)  learn their skills through apprenticeship.

So, are you still wanting to know more differences between a Doula and a midwife?

  • The Doula leaves all medical procedures to the midwife. Doulas do not do cervical checks or even take your blood pressure. That is within the scope of the midwife. If a doula were to do this, it would be outside of his or her scope of practice and if caught, the Doula would most likely be banned from her certifying organization.
  •  Doulas are with you at all times where as the midwives sometimes go in and out of the room.
  •  Doulas are more able to focus on the laboring woman emotionally while the midwives are busy focusing on the medical side of things.
  •  Doulas tend to work more with the partner by helping them figure out what they can or want to do to help the laboring woman.
  •  A Doula does not replace your midwife but rather can add extra services, such as helping with techniques to manage labor pain and even providing support and help during the newborn’s early days.

Still have questions? Give us a call at 870–6 54–0649. We serve all of Northwest Arkansas including Harrison, Arkansas and also serve Branson, Missouri. We also offer complementary consultations!

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