by Rebecca Quintana
The doula’s role is non-medical. Through training and experience a doula is knowledgeable of the physiology of pregnancy and birth. She also has acquired a basic understanding of medical procedures and terminology involved in labor and birth. However, a doula does not perform any clinical tasks such as blood pressure readings, fetal heart checks or vaginal exams. Doing so is outside her scope of practice.
A Birth Doula is equipped with knowledge and skills to effectively utilize non-medical comfort measures during your labor and birth. These methods can include but are not limited to, massage, positioning, aroma therapy, emotional support (affirmations/guided imagery/etc.), and information acquisition to facilitate informed choice and decision making.