A question that was posed to me the other day; "What is the difference between a Midwife and a Doula?"A Midwife (like an Obstetrician) is the primary care provider that is medically trained and is responsible for the mother and baby's health. The Midwife performs the clinical tasks and assists in the delivery of the baby.
A Doula is trained in providing continuous physical and emotional support to the mother and her family before, during and after childbirth. A Doula does not perform any clinical tasks.
A Postpartum Doula provides evidence-based information on newborn care, breastfeeding, etc., as well as emotional support during the weeks following childbirth.