DOULA PERSPECTIVES
The statements in this survey are based on four paradigms or models that doulas often communicate as motivations for their perspectives and their work. Doulas communicate perspectives that include:

• Provoking change through ACTIVISM in birth awareness, and proactivity against unnecessary birth practices

• Reviving the SISTERHOOD by sharing information, and passing along traditions, practices, and beliefs about birth

• Supporting through SERVICE that meets the need women have to be supported during childbirth

• Preserving the PROFESSION by emphasizing qualifications, accountability, and relationship to medical professionals

Whether you are generally vocal about your perspectives or prefer a more reserved posture, your feedback is requested for this survey. Your response will work toward creating a fuller understanding of doulas and the motivations for the work they do.

Thank you in advance for your assistance.

DOULA MODELS
Each statement below was derived from an analysis of perspectives expressed on various doula websites and blogs as well as in doula workshops and certification programs.

Please read each statement carefully and select one (1) response that most closely describes the model being expressed in each statement.

---- If you have a tie between two options, please select OTHER and type in your TWO options (i.e. ACTIVISM, SISTERHOOD, SERVICE, PROFESSION).----

Every woman needs a doula. *
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Doulas should ensure that medical policies and practices are not oppressive to women. *
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Doulas should confront doctors who ignore a woman’s birth plan. *
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Doulas ensure that doctors use evidence-based practices in birth that do not undermine women’s human rights or positive birth experiences. *
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Doula work should be a rewarding career that is empowering to both birthing women and the women who support them. *
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Women’s bodies have always known how to birth, even before medical professionals became involved. *
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Before there were doulas, family (mothers, sisters and other women), friends and/or partners played important support roles in women’s birth. *
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Regulations and guidelines ensure necessary accountability for doulas. *
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Doulas are advocates that help prevent medical professionals from causing birth trauma in medical environments through unnecessary interventions. *
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Birth traditions are to be shared and passed from woman to woman and generation to generation. *
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Doulas should be accessible to every woman in every birth environment if the woman desires to have one. *
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Women have always held birth knowledge and freely shared it in various cultural contexts to help create positive birth experiences. *
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Doulas should be focusing on helping restore birth to its most natural state as a non-medical event. *
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Doulas should be financially compensated for their time and commitment to remain available and on-call for their clients. *
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A primary role of a doula is to be support and stability for women during the uncertainty and vulnerability that surrounds birth. *
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Doulas are to make sure women know their rights in birthing environments. *
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Doulas help create safe environments for birthing women, especially in the unfamiliar surroundings of medical institutions. *
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Training, competency and accountability are important for doulas to remain effective in their work. *
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Doulas should be considering how they can partner with medical staff to become valuable and viable members of the birthing team. *
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Doulas should be focused on emotional support that ensures that no woman ever has to birth in fear or alone. *
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