Why Hire a Doula If…

A midwife, dad and two doulas support a mom's labor.

I Am Hiring a Midwife Already

Moms usually decide to hire a midwife for several reasons. Midwives specialize in normal pregnancies. They are very good at helping mothers feel confident and comfortable with their pregnancy. Midwives usually stay longer with their patients during labor. Midwives tend to ask permission before doing any interventions, even checking a mom’s cervix. Midwives support breastfeeding and many of them have breastfed their own children.

So why would a mom who is seeing a midwife want to hire a doula?

Doulas are hired to be on-call for your birth and don’t have other clients in labor at the same time. Midwives can’t control whether you will be their only patient when you go into labor. Your midwife might have to split time between you and other patients.

Midwives are care providers and have to be responsible for your health and the baby’s health. This is a good thing, but it means that sometimes your midwife will be busy protecting or monitoring your health, meanwhile, your doula can be helping with your comfort.

There is always enough work to go around at a birth. In my experience, midwives enjoy having a doula around who can assist you and make sure extra things are taken care of. Your midwife only has two hands.

Midwives understand that a doula’s scope of practice is different from theirs. Doulas never provide medical care or interpretations. We do not overlap what the midwife does for you.

Sometimes if a midwife is very tired from a long shift, she can feel confident that your doula will support you while she takes a short nap. This means that your midwife can be refreshed when you need her. Your midwife can trust that your doula will call her if she is needed. The relationship is mutual. Doulas enjoy working with midwives and midwives appreciate the support that a doula can give you.