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October 25th, 2010, 10:46 AM
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What do you feel the role of a doula is? Since attending the first weekend of my training workshop, I've gained a different perspective than previously. So I would love to get other people's opinions!
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October 25th, 2010, 01:12 PM
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to support the parents as THEY need. That will look different for everyone. To help educate as needed.
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October 25th, 2010, 02:45 PM
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After meeting with the doulas and hiring one finally, I think that their roles vary, but I think the long and short of it is that they are responsible for the physical and emotional support of the mother and father. That can include a lot of different aspects.
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October 26th, 2010, 08:51 AM
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I guess the part the surprised me (I'm not sure if I just misunderstood or if this just isn't "DONA approved behaviors") but I thought that their role extended to acting like the mother's voice when she couldn't. Like if you were in the hospital and you expressed previously you didn't want "X" intervention that the doula would step in and express to the doctor/nurse that you didn't want "X" intervention.

What they are teaching in the course is that that is not the role. As a doula you can ask the mother "Do you want to hear more about the risks and benefits of that?" or "Would you like more time to think about doing that?" But if she answers No, then you just go with it and let her go ahead with "X" intervention, even if she was completely against it previously.

That is just different from what I understood it to be. I see the logic and agree with it, just different from what I thought.

Of course they are still teaching us how to emotionally support both parents/partners as well as comfort measures.
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October 26th, 2010, 09:31 AM
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To support the mom and her partner, or just the mom if it's a single woman or woman without her partner present. To help inform them and guide them in the right direction. Not tell them what is right or wrong, but to give them unbiased information and then support their choice in birthing.
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October 26th, 2010, 08:15 PM
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yeah, so many women think the doula is supposed to stick up for you, or advocate for you. If that was done, it would actually be over stepping their bounds.
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