I didn't read the above debate but I'm answering the original post...When you doula for a UC what are your requirements of the parents?
Education and personal responsibility clearly being taken and well thought out - I'm pretty picky.What kinds (if any) forms do you have them sign?
A clearly defined contract of what I am there to do and not do and what my scope of practice is as their labor support.How do you educate them if they ask for it?
I probably wouldn't, if they are looking for me to educate them I would consider that possibly this is not a couple I would feel comfortable supporting. That's my honest truth
... I feel that there has to be some major personal responsibility for a UC couple... I might direct them a place or two but would not BE their education... know what I mean?How do you perceive your role?
My role as a doula always depends on the family, but I'd firmly stand on the "I don't do anything medical" ground.How do you decide if it's too risky of a situation?
I listen very well to my heart and spirit and usually pray about it. Like I said, I feel I can be picky in this situation.What do you do if your role is more as a monitrice?
That would not be my role so for me that is n/a.
I am an unassisted birthing Mom myself and understand the draw/want/need for labor support without it being medical at all. I also understand that a woman and her partner may be willing/able and ready to take 100% responsibility for their birth while still wanting labor support. In that case I would feel good about supporting them as a doula - but I would not do so for just anyone...
I am pretty big on doulas and choices and UC choices and such... many do not agree with me but that's where the midwife phrase came from "A midwife for every woman"... it's our uniqueness that allows us to serve (as a whole) a unique group of women.
I'm glad that as a UCing couple we can find a doula to support us as well.