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Doula Program

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What is a Doula? Heading link

An individual experienced in childbirth who provides continuous physical, emotional and educational support to the mother before, during and after childbirth. The goal of a Doula is to assist the mother in having a positive and safe birth.

The Doula’s Role

  • Assists the woman and her partner in preparing for and carrying out their birth plans
  • Provides emotional support, physical comfort measures and stays by the laboring woman throughout the entire labor/delivery
  • Facilitates communication between the laboring woman, her partner and the clinical care providers
  • Provides breastfeeding education and support
  • Advocates on behalf of the woman’s wants/needs during childbirth


  • Prenatal visits beginning at 7 months
    • Creating a birth plan
    • Overview of comfort measures – breathing and relaxation techniques, massage, movement and laboring positions
    • Childbirth education – what to expect during labor/delivery
  • Labor/delivery support starting at 5cm dilated
  • Immediate Postpartum Care of approximately 1-2 hours following delivery
    • Assistance with initiating breastfeeding
  • Postpartum Care for 2 months
    • Newborn care education and support

Benefits of having a Doula

  • Having a labor companion and supportive person who will advocate on your behalf
  • Decreases chances for a cesarean
  • Decreases length of labor and requests for epidurals
  • Reduce stress and anxiety for the laboring mother through the power of touch and massage
  • Encourages partner participation and offers reassurance

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