There’s no doubt that doulas are on the rise. Yet, with the growing popularity seems to be a growing confusion. Most commonly, the misconception that doulas are midwives, or nurses. A doula is a birth professional. Doulas provide educational, emotional and physical support to women during pregnancy, birth and postpartum. The sentence you just read is the typical answer you will hear from a doula, but still leaves many people replying with, “I don’t get it, why would you need that?”
Having the conversation about doulas being luxuries is a hard one to have, especially when black women are dying at astronomical rates from pregnancy-related complications and doulas are now being called to action to help.