I have to admit, I myself am guilty of thinking that a Student Midwife was all I needed for support at the birth of my 5th baby. I loved her, she was so helpful to me at prenatal midwife appts and we had a great bond.. but when I went into labour she had exams and I never saw her again. To say I was crushed was an understatement. At least I helped an awesome student to become an amazing midwife, right?
Doulas, on the other hand, are not medical professionals. We are fully trained in birth support, have already attended many births and gained a wide variety of knowledge on breathing, positioning, massage and various other comfort techniques to guide you through birth the way you envisage your birth will go. We are not governed by hospital policies and know options if you don’t agree with them. We do not work shifts, so will be there for you all the way through. Doulas often work with back up Doulas that you can meet prior to birth, so if the unforeseen happens (super rare) you are not left high and dry. We are hired by you.. chosen by you.. completely yours and will be until you no longer need us.