According to the “Doula Scope of Practice” from the DONA International:
“The doula accompanies the woman in labor, provides emotional and physical support, suggests comfort measures, and provides support and suggestions for the partner. Whenever possible, the doula provides pre- and post-partum emotional support, including explanation and discussion of practices and procedures, and assistance in acquiring the knowledge necessary to make informed decisions about her care. Additionally, as doulas do not “prescribe” treatment, any suggestions or information provided within the role of the doula must be done with the proviso that the doula advise her client to check with her primary care provider before using any application.”
Click here to learn more about building your birth team.
Search CiC’s Provider Network to find a doula near you.
Alice and Jorge, early labor © Sarah Tew Photography