Maggi Rohde, Doula
Many doulas are certified through an international, national or local organization. If your doula is certified, you can find more information about her organization under Online Birth Resources.
Some labor assistants provide clinical skills, such as vaginal exams, checking fetal heart tones, or taking blood pressure. This kind of labor assistant is often called a monitrice. Some doula organizations have policies which prevent their doulas from providing clinical skills, so make sure you check with your labor assistant if you are looking for someone who provides this kind of care.
A doula does not speak for her clients, or provide advocacy to hospital staff or anyone else on their behalf. Instead, she helps to empower them to speak for themselves and make their own decisions.
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