Choosing Your Health-Care Team
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Learn more about midwives and doulas

In BC, a doctor or a midwife can provide health care for you during your pregnancy, birth and afterwards. 

You may also want to have a doula on your health-care team.  Doulas work closely with doctors and midwives to provide support to families.

It is important to know the difference between a midwife and a doula.

What is a midwife?

Midwives are licensed health-care professionals who are trained to deliver babies and provide medical care from early pregnancy, through labour and birth, until about six weeks after your baby is born.
Midwives are funded as part of the BC health-care system, much like a family doctor.

Services provided by midwives include:

  • Support during pregnancy, labour and birth, whether normal or complicated
  • Delivery of babies  (hospital or home birth)
  • Ordering and interpreting tests and discussing results
  • Provide screening for health issues
  • Home visits after the baby is born
  • Help with breastfeeding and adjusting to life with a new baby

For more information on midwives and to find a registered midwife near you, visit Midwives Association of BC.

What is a doula? 

A doula is someone who provides physical and emotional support to women and their families before, during and after childbirth.  Doulas work as a part of a health-care team, with a midwife or doctor and nurse. Doulas do not perform clinical or medical care and are not trained to deliver babies.  Doulas are not licensed health-care professionals and are not funded as part of the health-care system; services are paid for by the mother/family.

Services provided by doulas include:

  • Support, comfort and education for both mom and partner
  • Work with your health-care team to help create a positive birth experience at home or in the hospital.
  • Help with newborn care, family adjustment; may include meal preparation, and light household chores.
  • Information on feeding, emotional and physical recovery from childbirth, soothing, and coping skills for new parents.
  • Provide appropriate referrals when necessary.

For more information on doulas and to find a doula near you, visit Doula Services Association of BC.

To connect to the Aboriginal Doula Referral Program for aboriginal women, contact 250-215-6343.

 

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