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A Doula is an assistant who provides non-medical and non-midwifery support (physical and emotional) in childbirth. Depending on training and experience they may offer prenatal support, childbirth (birth doula) and/or postpartum. A labor doula may attend a home birth or during labor at home and in transport to a hospital or a birth center. A postpartum doula provides home care for the first six weeks (or longer in cases of postpartum depression) including cooking, breastfeeding support, newborn care assistance, errands and light housekeeping.
Midwives are autonomous practitioners who are specialists in low-risk pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum. They generally strive to help women to have a healthy pregnancy and natural birth experience. Midwives are trained to recognize and deal with deviations from the normal. Midwives refer women to obstetricians when a pregnant woman requires care beyond the midwives' area of expertise. In many jurisdictions, these professions work together to provide care to childbearing women. In others, only the midwife is available to provide care. Midwives are trained to handle certain situations that may be described as normal variations or may be considered abnormal, including breech births, twin births and births where the baby is in a posterior position, using non-invasive techniques.
A Surrogate or Gestational Carrier may request the services of a doula or midwife and below is a growing list from coast to coast.
The Pregnancy Coach
Pregnancy Coaching (by phone or in person), Childbirth Education, Doula Services & Personal Renewal Groups for Moms in Orange County, CA
Patrice Nichole Byers
Birth Your Way ~ Childbirth Education & Birth Doula Services
Serving the Sacramento, CA Area
I am Childbirth Educator, trained by ICEA and a Birth Doula certifying with Childbirth International. I teach evidence-based classes with a goal of helping women and their families make informed choices. As a Doula my goal is to support women in having the births they desire as well as supply them with evidence based information so they too can make informed decisions.
Birth and Postpartum Doula, Lactation Support, Bilingual in Spanish
Serving the Los Angeles,CA Area
Mandi Woolery, AAHCC
Peachy Keen Birth Services
Serving Inland Empire area of Southern California, including San Bernardino County, Riverside County and Eastern Los Angeles County.
As an Affiliated Bradley Method® Instructor, I teach an in-depth 12-week course focused on natural childbirth techniques. Classes are held in my office/classroom in downtown Upland. I also happily offer birth doula services in the Inland Empire and surrounding areas. I'm currently working toward my birth doula certification through DONA, International.
Birth and Postpartum Doula, Lactation Support, Prenatal Massage.
Serving Grand Junction and Delta Colorado Home and Hospital Births
Diane Albright, Licensed Midwife
All Bright Beginnings, Inc
Serving the Central Florida area
401 CenterPointe Cr. #1537
Altamonte Springs, FL 32701
Mother's Care Doula Services, Inc.
Pembroke Pines, FL
As the longest standing doula service in South Florida, our “family” of doulas have been providing wise woman doula care to the pregnant and parenting community since 1998. Mother’s Care’s professional staff includes registered nurses, university faculty, lactation consultants, licensed massage therapists, certified doulas, childbirth educators and a board certified pediatrician.
Tracy Cuneo, CD(DONA) LCCE
Certified Birth Doula, Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator
Graceful Birthing Doula Services
Serving the Fayetteville, GA
I am the mother of ten children, labor doula , and childbirth educator. I believe that every woman deserves a birth where she feels educated, safe, and empowered. As a Christian, I encourage women to bring God to the birth room. My passion is birth and supporting women in their choices.
Nature's Way Birthing Services (DONA)
Full scope birth doula, hypnobirthing, breastfeeding support,and prenatal message.
248 887-4207 Home/Office
248 505-6156 Cell
Serving Southeast Michigan
Minnesota and Eastern Wisconsin
Ginny Eby -Certified Birth Doula
I am birth doula certified by DONA International, and I have been attending births since 2002. My husband and I live in Buffalo, Minnesota. I am the mother of four adult children and grandmother to sixteen beautiful little ones. I offer a free consultation. As your doula, I will provide 2-3 prenatal visits (as needed), I will be on call 24 hours a day, two weeks before and after due date, I will offer continuous labor and immediate postpartum support, birth plan preparation assistance, breastfeeding support, birth photos, and postpartum visits.
Glynna Lee Beechler (DONA)
Contemporary Birth Doula &
Website: Contemporary Birth Doula Services
My area of service includes but is not limited to Greater Rochester, NY Area, including all Rochester Hospitals, FingerLakes/Southern Tier Area...FF Thompson Hospital; Geneva General; Clifton Springs Hospital. I AM NOT OPPOSED TO MODERN MEDICINE AND PAIN RELIEF. I realize that for some women, laboring without pain medication is very important to them, while other women feel that having some form of pain relief will make their birth experience a more positive one. After doing your research, please feel free to trust your own instincts in this regard, as to what is best for YOU. There is no "right" or "wrong" way to give birth.
Please feel free to contact me for a free phone consultation and more information on my doula, birth education or surrogacy consulting services. I look forward to hearing from you!
Christine Fiscer, Traditional Midwife
Joyful Birth Services
Serving Southern Utah
Traditional Midwife serving all of Southern Utah and surrounding areas. Specializing in VBAC and Waterbirth. Affordable Midwifery care, with many discount options to choose from.
Sharon Muza, BS, CD (DONA), LCCE
New Moon Birth
206.297.6950 or 206.465.1052
Serving the Seattle, WA area
Empowering women and families through support and education. Offering certified birth doula services, group and private Lamaze childbirth classes, including VBAC and pain coping classes, breastfeeding consultation, birth tub rentals and placental encapsulation in the Seattle area.
My name is Jill Ferris, I am a Postpartum Doula and Lactation Educator serving Olympia and the surrounding Puget Sound area. When my daughter was born in 2009, I soon felt the need to help other families through this amazing, beautiful, challenging, and emotional time. My goal is to help other families share an emotional connection much like the one my husband and I share with our daughter, without all of the unneeded stress. In todays busy world, families do not always get all of the support they need while integrating a new baby into their lives. That is where I can be of service.