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What's the difference?

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
Doula? Labor Assistant? Are they the same thing?
post #2 of 10
Same thing, different name!!

I prefer Labor Assistant.

When are you starting your training, TreeLove? (would you rather be called TreeLove or Shannon?)

Love,
Emily
post #3 of 10
Thread Starter 
What training?
post #4 of 10
I was being slightly... ummmm... don't know the word...

Just trying to get YOU into the whole labor assistant thing!!

Have you thought about it?

Emily
post #5 of 10
Thread Starter 
yes before I was cut open 2x and had 3 babes unable to nurse...I think I might be better as a post partum...
post #6 of 10
i prefer the word "doula' it's more magical
post #7 of 10
TreeLove, don't let that get you down. I imagine you have very gentle hands and even more sensative heart. All of which were wonderful with my doula. Maybe you could think about it?

Edited to add: then again what do I know, sorry I took the freedom to speak into your life. Just thought you could use a little hug
post #8 of 10
Thread Starter 
Thanks Trip! My midwife actually told me that she thought my experinces would help me to be a better midwife/doula and I would be able to comfort those who've had a tough time-since I know the grief and disappointment first hand.

Hmmm, you've really got me thinking about it...I took a homebirth course a few years ago on a homestead in upstate NY and really loved it. I think my negative experiences just might be far enough behind me, now....They don't feel so raw. I've been working on accepting what's happened, instead of trying to figure out why.

THANKS!
post #9 of 10
For me it depends on who i'm talking to. For those "in the know" I use doula, I like the way it sounds and feels. But for people who may never heard of being a doula, I use labor assistant, but I find they think I'm involved with strikes and unions (labor disputes). Either way, I find I have to explain myself a lot!!!
post #10 of 10
Isn't that the truth... lol... the explaining anyway. I meet people alot who don't know what a doula is but hey after I get done they do. We need to spread the word.

I like the sound of doula too.

Tresa
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