5 things a doula doesn’t do. A professional doula, who respects you and knows the limits of her scope of practice.
1. Make decisions for you
A good doula will not make decisions for you. She can provide you with information to help you make the decision, but it will always be yours to make. You will need to take responsibility for that decision and any outcomes. No matter what you choose, she will respect you and support you 100%.
2. Perform vaginal exams
3. Fight with your health care provider
4. Make your birth about her
Your birth is all about YOU. She will leave behind anything that may affect her ability to support you and your decisions. Your experience, your wishes, your decisions are all that matters.
5. Speak on your behalf
Being a doula includes advocacy, but it is about teaching you to advocate for yourself. Your doula can not tell your health care provider what you would like. But she can remind you of the questions and conversations to have, based on what is important you.