Our Doula services is a fun, interactive, weekly home visiting program. The Doulas mission is to enhance your pregnancy with services such as comfort measures, birth wish list, breastfeeding, support games and ways to bond with your baby, belly casting, personal baby book made by the Doulas from maternity, birth, and baby pictures.
The Doula program is an opportunity to make your pregnancy and birth experience the best and most memorable. The visits can start as early as 20 weeks pregnancy and ends around two months postpartum. The Doula program has a limited number of openings, so be sure to take advantage of this unique opportunity.
What is a Community Based Doula?
A community based doula is a person trained in childbirth that provides emotional, physical, and informational support to help women have a safe, memorable, and empowering birthing experience.
What are the benefits of having a Doula?
Research has demonstrated many benefits of Doula involvement in the birth experience including:
- Shorter labor
- Fewer labor / delivery complications
- Increased breastfeeding
- Less maternal depression
- Mothers report less pain and more satisfaction with the labor and delivery
What services does a Doula provide?
A doula's role is one of support to the parent, rather than a medical role.
In addition, a doula:
- Provides prenatal and postpartum home visits
- Assists in establishing prenatal care
- Helps the mother to develop a specialized birth wish list
- Provides information and support for labor and the birth process
- Provides physical comfort measures and emotional support
- Focuses on promoting strong parent-child relationships
- Provides breastfeeding counseling and support
Who qualifies for this FREE service?
FCHD's Doula Program is the first program of its kind in our area. Doula Services are only available to a limited number of pregnant women receiving services through the Fayette County Health Department.
COVID Restrictions - Current
No attended birth - support through virtual video, calls, and texts.