Doulas / Midwives

Birth Professionals

As a parent it is your job to interview those you want to have assist at your birth – whether that be a home birth or a hospital birth. Included in my list are doulas and home birth midwives. As we all have different philosophies and personalities, I encourage you to interview them and choose the one who works best for you!

What is a Doula?

A Doula is a trained professional who provides emotional, physical, and informational support to a woman during her pregnancy, the birth of her child, and the postpartum period. Doulas do not perform clinical tasks, such as fetal heart tone assessment or cervical examinations. Mothers who choose to be supported by a doula during the childbearing year tend to have lower rates of medical interventions during their labors, including assisted deliveries and caesarean births. These women also tend to feel more bonded with their newborns, and their babies tend to breastfeed longer and more exclusively.

Capital City Doula Collective

What is a Midwife?

A midwife is a primary maternity care provider dedicated to providing each woman individualized maternity care with compassion, respect, empowerment and professionalism. Midwives are licensed by the Medical Board of California or certified Nurse Midwife by the Board of Registered Nursing. A midwife is trained and experienced in providing pre-natal care, education, options in testing, ultrasounds, and prevention of complications.

Midwives Collective of Sacramento

California Association of Midwives

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