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Methodist Hospital of Sacramento and Woodland Memorial Hospital are pleased to provide doula services to obstetric patients in our Family Birth Centers. A doula is a trained professional that provides physical and emotional support to a woman and her support team during labor and birth. The term “doula” is a Greek word meaning a “woman who serves.”
Research shows that women who use doulas have reduced labor times, fewer medical interventions, greater breastfeeding success, and express greater satisfaction with her birth experience.
Some of the services doulas provide include:
Providing continuous physical and emotional support to you and your support team
Supporting your choices during birth
Staying with you throughout the birth and for a short time after delivery
Encouraging you with breathing, relaxation techniques, and comfort measures
Working with you as part of our care team at our Family Birth Center to make your birth experience the best it can be during this special time
Doulas are available to anyone who delivers at Methodist Hospital and Woodland Memorial Hospital free of charge. Volunteer doulas are on call on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are interested in having a doula, please notify your health care provider during your prenatal visits. When you are admitted to the hospital to deliver, let the nurses on the unit know and they will contact the doula on call.