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Are Doulas basically the same as midwives?


Each of them have a very different role when supporting people through pregnancy, birth and postpartum.

Doulas give emotional; informational (based on scientific evidence) and even physical support to the pregnant people, but they can also help the entire family with adjusting to their new lives. Doulas are there to listen, give confidence and not judge. Offering flexible, practical and emotional support in homes, hospitals or now more commonly digitally.

Doulas DON'T:

- perform clinical tasks such as vaginal exams or foetal heart monitoring

- give medical advice or diagnose conditions

- make decisions for the client (medical or otherwise)

- pressure the birthing person into certain choices just because that’s what they prefer

- take over the role of the partner

- catch the baby

- d

o shifts

A midwife is a specialist who's qualified to "deliver" babies and care for woman and birthing people and their baby during pregnancy, labour and after the birth.

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