Doctors and doulas want the same outcome - a happy, healthy mom and baby, so we’re all starting toward the same goal. Just like every pregnant
During the times that a doctor and a laboring woman may have different ideas about how to proceed, doulas are there to help negotiate. It’s possible a doctor hadn’t considered using certain techniques to increase contractions and will agree to put off an intervention for a certain length of time, especially if he/she is familiar with the doula. On some occasions a laboring mom might be in denial about things that are happening and a doula can help reassure her that an intervention is a good choice at that time.
When it comes to birth, everyone in the room should be working together! Doctors, nurses, family, friends and doula are all there to support the mom and participate in a healthy baby’s arrival. If you’re worried that your doctor won’t like you having a doula, ask why! If you’re afraid your doula won’t like your doctor, don’t fear! It’s our job to get along with everyone in the room, and we’re experts at being friendly. If you’re looking for a doctor, ask a doula; we’d be thrilled to recommend the doctors we love best!