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What's the difference between a mid-wife and a doula?


Asked by renea20 at 7:48 PM on Jul. 22, 2010 in Just for Fun

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  • Doulas are experienced and certified people who spend time with you during your pregnancy to get to know you and to provide educational materials and to help prepare the birth plan. Then, when the client goes in to labor she calls the dould to give her heads up, then when the client feels she is in need of support she contacts the doula. The doula then meets the client wherever she is, at home or at the hospital, etc. and she stays with the client no matter what. Unlike a L&D nurse, she stays with her and helps keep her focused, uses reflexology, massage and techniques she's learned from spending time with the client (i.e., hair brushing, chanting, hypnotherapy, etc.) and reminds her that this is "pain with a purpose". A Midwife is a medically trained person that handles the physical part of Labor and Delivery, but typically has a less "medical" approach to birth and trusting the birth process more than MD's.

    Answer by FeelinYummy at 8:16 PM on Jul. 22, 2010

  • doula is more for support. midwife does prenatal care and assists in the birth.

    Answer by jennifer588 at 7:52 PM on Jul. 22, 2010

  • Doula is a support person, midwife is there to attend the birth like a physician would.

    Answer by ObbyDobbie at 7:50 PM on Jul. 22, 2010

  • Doula supports you through it, and midwife is more of a doctor type I think?

    Answer by Lace2180 at 7:53 PM on Jul. 22, 2010

  • Doula- assists woman during labor, provides support for Mom, baby, and family after birth... non-medical

    Midwife- medically trained to assist in labor and delivery.

    Answer by Erin814 at 7:59 PM on Jul. 22, 2010

  • Doula is there mentally more...

    a midwife is licensed to deliver the baby

    Answer by MomNbabyGirl009 at 8:02 PM on Jul. 22, 2010

  • Some one who encourages you to use the learned techniques of childbirth preparation classes is a doula.

    Answer by tryin2BGOOD at 8:02 PM on Jul. 22, 2010

  • Awesome! Thanks guys!

    Comment by renea20 (original poster) at 8:01 PM on Jul. 22, 2010