By Lizzy Francis, Nov 05 2019

Doulas and midwives serve quite different purposes during delivery — and have different levels of training. One is all about managing a mother’s energy and ensuring she’s focused only on her birth; the other is all about actually delivery; each has their own specific uses and set of considerations about cost and usefulness. So what should you know? Here, with assistance from Dr. Kecia Gaither, a MD, MPH, FACOG and Director of Perinatal Services and Maternal Fetal Medicine, NYC Health+Hospitals, at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center in the Bronx, New York City, is what to know about the difference between a doula and a midwife.

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