Some doulas wear scrubs and some don't. I've heard nurses say they don't like when they wear scrubs because it confuses them with the medical staff and they just want to feel more important than they are
Oookay... a doula's not important?
Anyways, the hospital I 'doula' at, the nurses seem to all wear a standard green/blue set of scrubs. If I was to buy one of those really patterened L&D theme scrub tops, would you as a nurse still feel this way? I have this set of pajamas, actually, that I am wearing now - very comfy, but not very professional. DONA sells a polo shirt with their logo on it, but when I was at a department store and felt that scrub top.. it was lightweight, something I probably wouldn't sweat so much in, and I don't think I would get confused with medical staff.
What do you think?? I know it's not a huge issue, but god forbid I step on toes!!
Aug 12, '02
Here's my two cents... Why don't you get a scrub top and have your name and 'Doula' embroidered the breast or pocket? That way, you get the lightweight fabric and comfort of scrubs, and you eliminate the problem of people mistaking you (not that I think this would be a huge problem, but that's my opinion and another topic!) because it's right there, in front of their face when they come up to speak to you. :>) You could also get your scrubs in a color very distinct from the ones that the other nurses wear- something the moms would like that doesn't look so clinical. I think scrub pants and an embroidered polo would look nice, but the polos can come in a thick knit, which could be too hot for you, not to mention that if you don't like the design of a collared polo, it makes that whole idea moot.
Last edit by NICU_Nurse on Aug 12, '02