Question and Answer

How long have you been practicing?

I attended my first "doula" birth in June 2016.

How many births have you attended?

As of December 2017, I have attended 18 births.

When did you attend doula training?

April 2016

Are you certified? If so, with whom?

I am a Certified Labor Doula with CAPPA.

When did you become certified?

January 2018

What does it mean to be certified?

Doulas are not required to be certified to work, like say a midwife or obstetrician. In addition to extra support from experts, being certified gives doulas a Scope of Practice within to work. There is no global SoP for doulas, so it is up to certifying organizations to set that for their doulas. 

Speaking of Scope of Practice, what is yours? 

To provide emotional, physical, and non-biased informational support to laboring women and their families before, during, and immediately following birth. As a CAPPA CLD, I cannot diagnose or give medical advice,or administer medication or perform any clinical task (such as heart rate monitoring, cervical exams, etc). 

What other training/qualifications do you have?

I also have a BS in Psychology and a minor in Human Development

What is the difference in a midwife and a doula? 

A doula is a non-medical support person, whereas a midwife works more similarly to an obstetrician. A midwife meets with her clients/patients throughout pregnancy. She performs clinical tasks, gives medical advice,and catches babies during labor. A doula does not do those things. 

I've heard doulas are advocates. Will you advocate for me while I'm in labor?

No, but I will encourage you to advocate for yourself. One of my goals is to give women their voices back in the delivery room. I cannot do that if I am speaking on your behalf. If your birth plan starts changing, I can help you remember your original goals, give you information to help in your decision making, but when it comes down to making a decision and voicing that, the ball is in your court. This is YOUR birth, YOUR body, YOUR baby. I, nor anybody else, have no business telling you or your birth team what you desire.

Do you only attend out of hospital births?

No. I can attend a birth anywhere there is a qualified care provider present (home, hospital, and birth center).

Do you only attend natural labors?

Also, no. I support all birth plans and believe there is no right or wrong way to give birth. Women should birth wherever and however they feel is best.

Can you attend a cesarean birth?

This really depends on not just your care provider, but also on the anesthesiologist and hospital policy. If your provider, anesthesiologist, and hospital allow extra support people in the OR, I am happy to join you. 

Do you offer birth photography? 

Not at this time, but I am considering adding this service in 2019.

Do you offer childbirth education classes?

I offer a 1.5-2 hour Comfort Measures Refresher course as well as a Bodywork and Labor Prep class. As far as a technical childbirth education or newborn class, I do not currently offer one.