Here's a short documentary that I think is a mostly very good public service for doulas as labor support:
Wait, what does she mean by "mostly", though?
I have to quibble, though, with two little things, and I'm very interested in what birth doulas have to say about it. At about 2:11, in the section on "What is the doula's role when working with hospital staff?" a mother states that a doula is "an important liaison between the mother and the [hospital] staff", and shortly thereafter, a doula states that she sees her job as "running interference" between the family and hospital personnel.
Eep. I haven't even competed my birth doula training yet, and I know this is an extremely dicey issue. Using language like "liaison" and "running interference" is a bit misleading, and some doulas HAVE gotten into trouble when overstepping their bounds. You risk alienating the staff, or possibly getting kicked out of the room altogether, leaving the family with no support at all.
Still, the video is overall pretty good, and has a very positive tone. What do you think? I'd love to hear from moms, doulas, nurses, and others.