A doula helps mothers and families have a safe, memorable and empowering birth experience.
What does a doula do?
They provide mothers and families comfort during labor.
They provide emotional and physical support throughout the birthing process.
They help to facilitate communication among mothers, families and the health care providers.
A doula does not provide any type of medical care.
Studies have shown that having a doula present at birth:
- Tends to result in shorter labor;
- Reduces the need for a labor-inducing drug;
- Reduces the need for the use of forceps or vacuum extraction;
- Decreases the likelihood of having a cesarean birth;
- Reduces the mother’s request for pain medicines and/or epidurals.
Doulas on staff speak English, Spanish and Somali.
How can I arrange for a doula?
Tell your health care provider you wish to have a doula or you can ask for one anytime in your birth process.
For questions, talk with your provider or call: