What a doula does not do:

  • Diagnose medical conditions

  • Speak on behalf of the client to medical staff

  • Give advice that is contrary to the medical directions of the client's practitioner

  • Interpret medical diagnoses or clinical results

  • Prescribe or administer treatment of medical conditions

  • Administer medication

  • Perform clinical procedures, including: taking temperature or blood pressure 

  • Take over complete care of the client

  • Transport clients

  • Stay alone with babies or other children

  • “Sleep train” babies

  • Act as a housekeeper or nanny