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Receive Extra Support in the Delivery Room with a Doula from Dignity Health

Currently our Doula Services are at Methodist Hospital of Sacramento and Woodland Memorial Hospital Family Birth Center.

A labor doula is a trained professional who provides physical, emotional, and informational support to a mother before, during, and immediately after giving birth. A postpartum doula provides support in the weeks after the birth. Other names for doula include labor assistant, labor support professional, and labor companion. 

Whether you’re hoping for some help during childbirth or you just want someone to offer advice and answer questions, a doula can help.

At our Family Birth Centers, Dignity Health can provide an expert doula in Sacramento or a surrounding area. Find a Doctor or doula today to help you find the right fit for your birthing experience and growing family.


Doula Services

You may consider hiring a doula to:

  • Foster a positive, memorable delivery
  • Reduce the likelihood of medical interventions, including painkillers or cesarean delivery (C-section)
  • Receive help creating a birth plan
  • Address fears and answer questions about labor and delivery
  • Reduce stress during labor and delivery

Some studies show that, overall, labor doulas foster a more positive birthing experience, reduce labor time, and reduce the need for pain medication and C-section delivery.


Choosing Your Doula

During the birth process, a labor doula at Dignity Health may: 

  • Help you breastfeed and bond with your baby immediately after birth
  • Encourage participation from your partner during and after delivery
  • Provide emotional support if medication or C-section become necessary
  • Provide massage for stress relief
  • Encourage relaxation and breathing techniques to cope with pain during delivery
  • Act as your advocate with medical care providers 

A postpartum doula acts as a companion to a new mother in the weeks after delivery. She may provide education about caring for a newborn, physical support by cleaning or cooking, and emotional support to help cope with or prevent mood disorders, including postpartum depression.


Trusted Doula Services in the Sacramento Region

If you are interested in having a doula for your labor and delivery at a Family Birth Center, it’s a good idea to meet with one or more doulas to know what to expect. We recommend asking questions to find a good fit for what you want in a birth experience. Start with these questions. 

  • What services do you provide during labor and delivery?
  • Do you provide services after delivery?
  • What is your philosophy regarding labor and delivery?
  • Can you help create a birth plan before the baby is due?
  • When will you arrive after labor begins?
  • If you are unexpectedly unavailable during the birth, is there a backup doula?
  • What is your fee?
  • What is your training and experience? What certifications do you have?

Your entire birth team at Dignity Health is committed to you having a safe and positive birth experience. Ask us about our doula program today. 

The professionals at Dignity Health are here to help you determine your doula options in Sacramento, CA, as well as to provide quality care during childbirth.