How does a doula work with my care provider (OB/GYN or Midwife)?
A doula is a trained professional that is neither an OB/GYN or a midwife. A doula does not administer medical care whatsoever. She is however an integral part of the birthing team. Your doula is with you before the birth, during the birth and even postpartum. She is the confidant at your side for the whole process.
Your OB/GYN is your doctor and will deliver the baby. But you have to remember, he or she has hundreds of other patients at any one time. The staff of your obstetrics doctor’s job is to make him or her the most efficient they can be. This means getting your doctor to the hospital on time for the birth but not before. Waiting around for the mother to fully efface and dilate would be a waste of their valuable time. So while your doctor’s role is vital, he or she is not your birthing coach, your hospital intermediary or your nursing/postpartum helper. That is the role of the doula.