Does a doula provide medical care?

No. A doula does not provide medical care and is not a medical professional. She will not for example listen to your baby’s heart beat or do internal exams. If it looks like your baby might ¬†arrive before you are able to leave your home or en route to hospital or before a midwife arrives, your doula will call an ambulance. In an emergency she will assist you to birth your baby in the same way as any other lay person.

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