"My birth was the hardest thing I have ever done, and they helped me through it!"
"My doula took a challenging personal situation and turned it into the best birth experience of all four of my births."
"Seriously the best doulas you could ask for...so supportive, well-informed, and caring."
"They walked me through some painful experiences and made sure my needs were met. I couldn't have done it without them!"
"Not only did my doula help me feel at ease with my decisions to re-claim control of my body... she gave me the science to support my intuitive beliefs."
Are trained professionals.
Provide emotional, physical, and informationalsupport to a person during their pregnancy, the birth of their child or children, and just after the birth.
Do not perform clinical tasks, like fetal heart tone assessment or cervical examinations.
Provide support that can result in lower rates of medical interventions during labor including assisted deliveries and cesarean births.
Provide support that can result in parents feeling more bonded with their newborns.
Provide support that can result in a baby breastfeeding longer and more exclusively.
Doulas with Welcome Home Midwifery Services...
Offer doula services billed on an income-based sliding scale, with volunteer services available for qualifying families.
Complete a minimum training requirement including classroom learning and hands-on training prior to attending births that exceeds most doula trainings, and emphasizes providing culturally humble and accessible doula care to families in Sacramento and San Joaquin counties.
Provide evidence-based support with standardized organization-wide practice guidelines, experienced mentorship and oversight, and quality improvement measures ensuring excellent care.
Are experienced and comfortable with births in all hospitals in the greater Sacramento region, most medical practices, and several home birth midwives.
Work in pairs, allowing your family to have the support of 2 trained doulas at each birth, and minimizing the risk of having a backup doula you do not know attending your birth.
Participate in monthly confidential peer reviews with a network of several disciplines including midwifery, lactation, and social work, providing clients with the best possible resources for their doula care.
Offer fullcontinuity of care to all clients, including online and phone support, 2 prenatal home visits, on-call services for labor and birth, and 2 postpartum home visits.
Believe that doula care during childbirth is a basic human right, and work to emphasize improving access to doula care for low-income families.