PETALING JAYA: Doulas – whose role is to give emotional support to mothers – cannot replace trained midwives or doctors in childbirths, said the Malaysian Medical Association.
Its president Dr Ravindran R. Naidu said while some mothers opt to deliver at home in their belief that labour without medical intervention is a natural process, a birth is unsafe if it is not supervised and conducted by trained midwives or doctors.
“In Malaysia, home births are not supported by doctors, medical professional societies or the Health
“If the delivery is conducted at home without trained midwives or doctors, the complications may be
severe, irreversible and, on occasions, life threatening,” he said.
Among the complications to the mothers are severe bleeding, ?ts, ruptured uterus or infections.Babies may suffer brain damage, ?ts, physical or nervous system injuries if the labour is not
monitored and complications go undetected.
“In serious cases, both mother or baby may die as in some instances in the past,” he said.Checks by The Star on several local doula websites show that a full service fee is about RM2,100.
Facebook account handler Medical Mythbusters Malaysia also issued an open letter asking for intervention to create awareness among the public on the issue.