Defining the doula's role: fostering relational autonomy

  title={Defining the doula's role: fostering relational autonomy},
  author={Sandra L Meadow},
  journal={Health Expectations},
  • Sandra L Meadow
  • Published 1 December 2015
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Health Expectations
Training organizations as well as academic and popular literature provide ambiguous or ethically contentious characterizations of the role of the birth doula, a non‐clinical role assisting women in pregnancy and birth with information and physical and emotional support. Doulas have been criticized for attempting to impose their own agendas on their clients and for interfering with the relationship between women and their medical caregivers. 
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