You may be wondering, "well if I have a midwife why do I need a doula?" That is a great question. The doula at a home birth can help assess your labor progress prior to the arrival of your midwife, ease any discomforts for both mom and dad, and be an excellent informant between you and your midwife prior to her arrival. Doulas provide great support and manage the small details that make a huge difference allowing your midwife to better manage the health and well being of both mother and newborn.
Did you ever consider that your partner may need a break during your labor experience? Maybe you both need someone to reassure you that everything is going well in early and active labor before the midwife arrives. The doula is the first person on your birth team to arrive once a woman's labor gets started. The doula's role is to be present to help you and your partner manage the intensity of labor while the midwife's role heightens at delivery and continues into the postpartum period.
Our philosophy is that no matter where you birth your child, the support of a professional doula is invaluable. Doulas work very well with the midwives in this area to give you a complete package of informational, emotional, physical, continuous support as you make the transition from pregnancy to birth. The doula is there specifically for you and your partner during your labor and delivery and does not have to concern herself with the charting and record keeping that the midwife must attend to.
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