The difference between doulas and midwives.

November 9, 2021
by Alex Barr
< Back The difference between doulas and midwives.

The difference between doulas and midwives?

A bachelor’s degree, a year of nursing school, and 3 years of midwifery school. (Certified nurse midwife)

versus

7 to 12 hours of childbirth education, 16 hours of birth doula training, and attendance at two to five births. (Certified birth doula)

So the difference is a lot of schooling and medical training!
Doulas are NOT medical professionals!

They do not perform clinical tasks such as vaginal exams or fetal heart monitoring
They do not give medical advice or diagnose conditions
They do not make decisions for the client (medical or otherwise)
They do not pressure the birthing person into certain choices just because that’s what they prefer
They do not catch the baby

Some people become doulas on their path to becoming midwives, but most doulas are doulas because they want to be emotional support instead of medical support!

Learn more about what doulas do here.

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