A midwife is a type of care provider. She is an alternative to an obstetrician. She is a trained medical professional who fills the role of your clinical care (vaginal exams, prescribing medication, catching the baby, etc.). Although the doula also receives training, she is not a medical professional. Doulas are primarily there for physical and emotional non-medical support. In most cases, a midwife offers some of this same support, however, because she is the medical professional, she will need to focus on clinical aspects of labor.

Can a midwife and a doula work together?

Yes. These are complementary roles. Whether you plan to birth at home, at a birth center or a hospital, a doula plays an important role in the birth team. Set up an interview with me so you can ask all your questions about how I can contribute to your unique birth team.