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F.A.Q's

  • What is the difference between a Doula and a Midwife?
    Midwives are a team of care providers whose focus is mostly on the medical health and well-being of the pregnant person and baby. They share on-call time with the team and carry out clinical tasks such as blood pressure, lab requisitions, ultrasound requisitions, and cervical exams. A doula is a trained birth companion/coach whose focus is on the emotional well-being of their clients. We get to know you and help you prepare for your birth. We provide constant connection through an on-call line with a listening ear; information and suggestions during pregnancy; and a caring touch, encouragement and coping methods during labour and birth. We are the one part of your team that is constant. While the rest of your team is changing shifts throughout your labour and birth, we often arrive to your birth before anyone else and stay by your side until a few hours after the birth of your baby.
  • Do I need a Doula if I have a Midwife?
    Not all people feel the need of having the extra support from a Doula, but we feel that having a Midwife and a Doula is the perfect combo. Although Midwives have much more of a presence and availability during your labour and birth than an OB/GYN would, they are often busy with other tasks and are unable to attend to the constant emotional, physical, and informational needs of the birther. Having an experienced Doula by your side through all the transitions of labour and birth brings a sense of safety to the birth space, promoting positive outcomes.
  • Will a Doula replace my partner?
    Absolutely not! We provide support to partners too! We provide reassurance, information, and ideas for your partner while we take care of other tasks. This allows your partner to be fully present in their own transition to becoming a parent too!
  • When should I hire a Doula?
    Our Doula services have become so recommended that we suggest getting in touch with us as soon as possible to avoid dissapointment. We go on call for you the moment you hire us, so if anything comes up during your pregnancy, we can support you with information and decision-making.
  • Do Sound Birth Doulas only support unmedicated births?
    Nope! We believe there are many ways in which a family can have a positive and powerful birth! We are advocates for informed choice and support your decisions wholeheartedly.
  • What if I need a c-section?
    Birth is unpredictable and sometimes a c-section is the best option for you and your baby. Although sometimes Doulas are permitted into the operating room at the Comox Valley Hospital, we cannot guarantee this. However, should we not be permitted, we always wait for you afterwards to congratulate you and help with getting you comfortable and establish breast/chest feeding.
  • Since you work together as a Doula team, will both of you be at my birth?
    Although you’ll get the shared wisdom, experience and support of two doulas during your pregnancy, only one of your doulas will be at your birth; not a stranger or a back-up doula that you have never met before, but someone who you know and with whom you have complete trust and confidence in. We share an on-call schedule and are each other’s back-up support. This shared call schedule allows us to give you our very best selves, rested, ready and fresh.
  • What are the benefits of having 2 Doulas?
    Your Doulas bring 2 sets of experience and skillsets to the table. By having two prenatal appointments conducted individually by each of your doulas, you will form a relationship with each of us. Our clients find it helpful to have the ability to connect with each doula individually prior to birth so that at the time of birth, they feel completely confident and comfortable. Furthermore, you know that if your birth goes longer than planned, you will always have a fresh doula ready to support you. Though we have not had to switch doulas mid birth (even in 24+ hour births!) our clients find it comforting to know that a long birth will not impact the level of care and support they receive from their doulas
  • How does working as a team benefit the Doulas?
    With having a partner, each doula is also able to be supported. We rely on our doula partner for support just as much as you rely on us for support! Your doulas are always in communication with one another, either about birth, client requests, or a postpartum issue, and have developed a deep sense of trust in the other. We know that we can still be present for our families because a reliable and trustworthy doula is available for our clients. By having a partnership that works wonderfully well together, you will know we also work flawlessly with you and your partner. You’ll continue to get the amazing level of care and support you’ve come to expect from Sound Birth Services.
  • Are there things that Doulas DON’T do?
    Yes. We do not: · Perform any clinical tasks We do not perform clinical tasks such as blood pressure, fetal heart rate or vaginal exams. We don't prescribe or administer medications. We are there to provide only evidence-based information, physical support, emotional comfort and advocacy. · Project any of our own beliefs onto your experience Your birth desires are important to us and our role as your doulas are to support you in a way that doesn't include our own beliefs or opinions. Our guidance in your pregnancy, labour and birth are free of judgement with only a positive birth experience for you in mind. · Make decisions for you We will help you get the information necessary to make an informed decision. We will also remind you if there is a departure from your birth preferences so you may discuss it with your caregiver. · Speak to the staff on your behalf We will discuss your concerns with you and make suggestions, but you or your partner will speak on your behalf to the clinical staff.

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