Jefferson University Hospitals

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between a midwife and a doula?

While both midwives and doulas can help a woman during labor, their roles are quite different. A midwife is more of an overall healthcare provider, as they can perform gynecological exams and take part in all parts of the pregnancy. A doula, on the other hand, provides support before, during, and after childbirth (including techniques like pain management), but they are not on hand for the delivery. 

What other services do midwives provide? 

While midwives may primarily be known for the care they provide for mothers before, during, and after the birth of their babies, they are there for patients through every phase of their lives. A midwife can perform gynecological exams, vaccinations, provide general check-ups/screenings, treat STIs and STDs, and can help with menopausal management.