One question I get asked a lot is, "So you're like a midwife?" No a doula is NOT a midwife. Canadian Midwives are health care providers, in Ontario you can choose to be under the care of a Midwife or OB. A Doula, on the other hand, is a support person/coach hired by you to support you and your family. "But my Partner is my support person, so i don't need a Doula, right?" Sure, if that what your plan is that is great! That what will work best for you. A doula can add a lot to the team, along side your partner. We can provide guidance for them when they may not know how to support you best. "But I am planning a hospital birth" This one always gets me as the majority of Births attended by Doulas in Ottawa are actually in the Hospital. Having a hospital birth is one of the best times to have a doula. Especially during an induction or longer birth where you may be there a while having a familiar face is really helpful and grounding. Someone who already know what you want and who you are creates a more comfortable atmosphere. If you are under OB care he/she may not be there when you go into labour, you may have a doctor you have never met, and nurses you don't know. Which leads me too,"I want an epidural so I don't need a Doula. Right?" Great! You know what you want, and yes a Doula can reduces the need for pain medications. That doesn't mean we can't support you with your decision to use medications. A doula can help in many other ways, like getting you further along into labour before meds are used. This can reduce your chances of intervention. I am experienced with C-section as well as VBACs and happily support women with both these choices. Essentially a Doula supports YOUR BIRTH, however that might look like. I can also help find out what you do want, by providing experience and information so that you can make informed choices. In essence any expectant parent can benefit from hiring a Doula! I LOVE these questions, so keep asking them....There are no dumb questions here.