What is the difference between a bebo mia doula and a midwife?

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One of the questions our team get regularly when they announce they are a Pregnancy Support Practitioner/doula is: “is that like a midwife?” Now, if one is rushing to catch a train, they may answer yes, but the truth is, they are very different. A bebo mia Pregnancy Practitioner (aka doula) is there to offer informational, emotional and physical support during your pregnancy, labour, delivery and postnatal period. The practitioner/doula does not perform medical exams or procedures on their clients. However, they will be able to discuss results and go through the pros and cons of available treatments or actions.

A doula is the only person that you will consistently see through your pregnancy, labour and delivery and they remain on call for you 24/7! Imagine, you have a knowledgeable and maternal savvy best friend at your beck and call! Your bebo mia Practitioner/doula is there for you when you or your partner need her. She is there to take care of you, as well as your support person. This allows your partner or spouse the opportunity to take a nap, eat, use the bathroom, time contractions, update the family, be with other children (if you have them), shower, etc. AND you are still being supported during this important time.

A Pregnancy Support Practitioner or doula does not replace a doctor or midwife! Rather, they work well together as a team. Your midwife is responsible for the mother and baby’s medical well being, charting, tests, etc. Midwives arrive typically in late active labour (while your doula arrives in late early labour or early active labour), and remain with you until the baby is born. During this time the doula supports the labouring woman while the midwife performs procedures, charts, answers her pages, and works out the plan with the secondary on the file for the delivery.

A doula and a midwife make a beautiful team for home and hospital births.

To set up a consultation or to find out more information about our Pregnancy Support Practitioners (doulas), contact bebo mia at 416.363.2326 or info@bebomia.com

 

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