Community Based Doula Project

What is a doula? 

A doula is “a trained professional who provides continuous physical,
emotional and informational support to a mother before, during and
shortly after childbirth to help her achieve the healthiest, most satisfying experience possible. ” ~ DONA International

Basically –  a doula provides extra support for a positive birth and postpartum experience.  Doulas don’t replace the support of a partner or family member but rather enhance that support! 

Research shows that women who use a birth doula are:

  • less likely to need Pitocin
  • less likely to have a cesarean
  • less likely to use pain medication

Who is eligible?

  • Henderson County residents
  • Medicaid eligible or uninsured
  • Low-income, under-resourced families
  • No immigration status required

What is offered?

  • Bilingual Prenatal and Postpartum support, from early pregnancy up to one year postpartum, including:  insurance navigation, transportation to appointments,  childbirth preparation classes,  breastfeeding education and support, reproductive health information, resource referrals and more!
  • Connection to a birth and/or postpartum doula for eligible participants
  • Membership in our Full Tum, Dry Bum diaper and formula assistance program

Interested in serving as a community-based doula?

View the job description here.
Download the application and return to [email protected]

Sound interesting to you or someone you know?

For more information,
please contact:

Emily Balcken
Family Services Director
(828) 698-0674 Ext. 143
[email protected]