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Doula Services


Woodland Memorial Hospital is pleased to provide doula services to Obstetric patients in the Family Birth Center. 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.”

A Doula Makes a Difference

Research shows that women who use doulas have reduced labor times, fewer medical interventions, greater breastfeeding success, and are generally happier with their 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

Getting a Doula

Doulas are available to anyone who delivers at 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.

For More Information

If you would like more information about Woodland Memorial Hospital’s Doula Services, contact our Women’s Community Health Coordinator, Bonita Broughton, at bonita.broughton@dignityhealth.org. Also, your Woodland Memorial Hospital provider can also discuss whether a doula is right for you during your prenatal visits.