Where did this Scope of Practice come from?
This scope of practice is grounded in Dr. Gilliland’s groundbreaking research on attachment support and birth doulas; and interpersonal neurobiology. Her master’s thesis and dissertation are available on www.amygilliland.com. Her forthcoming article, “Human Labor and Birth as Influential Events in Adult Attachment” (working title), details the doula’s role as a unique focal person for attachment behaviors.
It is interesting to note that it is not the “absolute truth” about the doula that matters. It is the subjective perception of the person in labor about their doula that matters. That’s why the term “being seen by the client as” is used.