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What is the difference between a doula and a midwife?

Maybe a stupid question but, I'm not really familiar with either one. I had a not so good experience with a routine hospital birth and would like to go natural for my second.

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Asked by Anonymous at 6:45 PM on Dec. 4, 2008 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • i have no clue

    Answer by wendy232425 at 6:46 PM on Dec. 4, 2008

  • A doula is there for support. A midwife delivers. Basically.

    Answer by Krysta622 at 6:47 PM on Dec. 4, 2008

  • midwife delivers baby shes like your dr during pregnancy and delivery. A doula is there for support during labor and delivery.

    Answer by Mommy2B04 at 6:48 PM on Dec. 4, 2008

  • A doula provides emotional and psychological support as well as different strategies for coping with discomfort and pain during labor and birth or helps with newborn care and bfing if she is a pp doula. Doulas are not medically trained and can not assist in medical aspects of labor or delivery and if they are medically trained are not allowed to provide medical care when acting in the capacity of a doula according to ethical guidelines set out by DONA. Doulas can help moms labor at home whereas only home birth midwives will go to the mom's home. Midwives are trained depending on what kind of midwife the training varies and they do take care of the medical aspects of labor and birth and can deliver babies.
    DONA trained birth doula, CNA student planning to study to be a CNM

    Answer by miriamz at 8:25 PM on Dec. 4, 2008

  • a midwife has gone through extensive training on prenatal care, labor and delivery, and postnatal care. most are also RNs, but some are just certified midwives. midwifery is really a specialty in the medical field, and someone must go to a college, university, or extensive certification program.

    Doulas on the other hand are more specific to emotional support, and are well known for their presence in women's births. They do not deliver the baby, but do have some training to labor support (for the mother).

    It is common to have a midwife, an midwife assistant, your husband, and a doula at the birth.

    Answer by charisma10 at 9:58 PM on Dec. 4, 2008

  • love your answers, gals...
    you can go to or for more info.

    Answer by KnoxvilleDoula at 10:45 PM on Dec. 4, 2008

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