Doulas and Childbirth

How do I locate a doula near me?

If you feel you would like a doula to assist you during your childbirth, begin to search for one well in advance of the end of your pregnancy. One approach is the logical route. Check with hospitals and birthing centers, midwives, childbirth instructors, breastfeeding organizations, even in the yellow pages of your phone directory. You may find these sources have information or may provide you with leads as to where to call.

Another approach would be more direct. Contact one of the organizations that formally train doulas in their profession. These organizations usually keep a referral list and can give you a list of names and phone numbers for doulas in your state. I have listed three of them here below:

DONA International (DONA)

Phone - (888) 788-DONA (toll free)     Fax - (812) 634-1491 (Indiana)

Visit DONA's Website

Email DONA

Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association (CAPPA)

Phone - (888) MYCAPPA (toll free)     Fax - (770) 932-7281 (Georgia)

Visit CAPPA's Website


Association of Labor Assistants and Childbirth Educators (ALACE)

Phone - (888) 222-5223 (toll free)     Fax - (617) 441-3167 (Massachusetts)

Visit ALACE's Website


If you do locate a doula or doula program in your area, please take the time to interview the doula herself or seek more information about the program to which she belongs. This woman will be with you during a very intimate and important time in your life. Discuss your feelings and needs regarding birth in general, and also check on her availability to be with you at the time of your due date.

If you have any problems locating someone in your area after trying all the avenues mentioned above, feel free to email me. I may be able to help you contact someone.

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