You get to decide what role your doula plays in your birth experience. Doulas provide consistent support from the time you call until you have given birth. They can meet you at your home or your birthing location and stay with you if you need to transfer locations.
Doulas can offer massage, encouraging words, media for distraction, suggestions of different labor positions, and many other comfort measures! They can also advocate for your wishes based on your birth planning process, so that you have the best birth experience possible. If you have a partner, a birth doula can help your partner feel supported and better support you through the labor as well.
Finally, our birth doulas offer postnatal visits during which you can review the birth experience and receive some support with newborn care. Giving birth is a big life transition, whether it’s your first time or you have experienced it before, and doulas can help with the physical and emotional needs that come up for you in that immediate postnatal period.
- If you are looking for a doula for yourself or a provider referring a client, please fill out our online referral form. If you are unable to use the online form, referrals can still be made via email firstname.lastname@example.org, fax 206-257-4146, or by calling the Intake line at 206-866-0729 (Se habla Español). Please share with us your expected due date and the best way to reach you.
- Open Arms staff will call you for an intake conversation usually within five days.
- About three months out from your estimated due date, staff will match you with a doula.
- You and your doula will set up visits in your last trimester of pregnancy as part of the process.
You may also qualify for our Outreach Doula Program. The Outreach Doula program is a longer-term home visiting program where you are matched with a doula during your pregnancy and they continue to offer visits until your child’s second birthday. CLICK HERE to find more information about the Outreach Doula program if you identify as part of one the four following communities: American Indian/Alaska Native, African American, Somali, and/or Spanish Speaking.