A midwife is a trained health professional who can be involved in providing care to you. They are able to recognise if things are not going well and take appropriate action. Midwifery has a protected function, making it a criminal offence for any person other than a registered midwife, or a registered medical practitioner, to attend on a woman in childbirth (except in emergencies).
Doulas offer support to women. They are not trained to provide any clinical care to you. They do not advise, but can support a woman to find balanced information to make informed decisions about her maternity care. We have further information in our resource library on this subject.