Doula, a Greek word used to describe a non-medical support person for laboring women.
Registered Nurse RN, a medical professional who has graduated from a nursing program and has passed a national licensing exam to obtain a nursing license.
Obviously... total opposites! One IS medical, one IS NOT medical.
As if introducing the term “Doula” to someone unfamiliar with it, isn’t confusing enough, some women are adding a new layer of confusion by combining their RN credentials with their certification as a Doula. They are creating a role that falls into neither category and it’s causing concern for professional doulas.
As many people know, not all doulas are certified. Many are practicing without the possibilty of being held accountable by a doula certification organization. They are free to practice any way they wish, with no worry of repercussion… other than a client filing a lawsuit against them.
As seasoned professional doulas, many of us have worked diligently to teach our communities EXACTLY what doula care is, NON-medical physical, educational and emotional support for women during pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period.
With doulas that practice without certification and RN-Doulas providing medical support to women, the confusion about exactly what a doula is will grow exponentially.
Ask yourself this...
How can someone possibly provide non-medical...Read more