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A Doctor, Nurse, and Doula Walk Into a Room

It sounds like the opening to a bad joke. Unfortunately, sometimes it is.

We have been working hard to build professional relationships with the doctors, nurses, and hospitals where we attend births. In the process, we have heard story after story of how this punchline can truly end badly. From a doula unplugging a patient’s IV line. To a doula pushing a doctor out of the way as she tried to help get the baby out because its heartbeat was decelerating. To doulas arguing with nurses over hospital policies and procedures.

After years of this abuse, the medical profession has had enough. Many hospitals have begun to implement doula policies. These policies outlines the doula’s scope of practice in black and white. These policies also allow the hospitals to refuse to allow doulas to serve at those hospitals should the doula overstep her bounds.

Some doulas are up in arms about this practice. They believe because they are hired by the parents, they should not be held accountable to the hospital. They believe that because a doula’s scope of practice isn’t nationally (or state) regulated, a hospital shouldn’t be allowed to have a say in how they practice.

We say, “Bring it on!”

At Sun State Doulas, we respect every doctor and nurse that walks into our clients’ rooms. We honor their training, knowledge, and years of practice. We recognize that each person in that room has their own role to play and we desire to create an atmosphere where your birth team can work in unison to create a positive environment for your birth.

We desire to work collaboratively with your doctor and nurses to help you have the birth you desire. One where you feel confident, heard, safe, and informed. One where both you and your baby arrive on the other side of delivery both happy and healthy.

A doctor, nurse, and doula walk into a room

And they work to help a woman and her family achieve the birth of their dreams…together.


About the Author

Christine Santos

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Owner of Sun State Doulas, Christine is passionate about pregnancy, birth, and parenting issues that affect mainstream families. She is mother to 3 girls and is an active member of the roller derby community. Her favorite quote is, "Not my body, not my baby, not my birth, not my choice."

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