Limitations to Practice

  • As non-medical care providers, end-of-life doulas do not perform clinical tasks (e.g., monitor vital signs, administer medication).

  • The doula refrains from giving medical advice or from persuading clients to follow a specific course of action or treatment.

  • The doula refrains from imposing his/her own values and beliefs on the client.

  • Doulas do not undermine their clients’ confidence in their caregiver(s). Instead, the doula uses good listening skills to support clients who initiate a discussion about dissatisfaction with a caregiver's practice or attitudes.

  • Doulas do not usurp the role of other professionals and caregivers such as the hospice nurse, social worker, chaplain, home health aide, etc.

  • Doulas may be present at the request of the client, but doulas do not facilitate the medical aid-in-dying process

Concerns You May Have


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