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St. Luke's Volunteer Birth Doula Program

Our Volunteer Birth Doula Program, funded by St. Luke's Children's Miracle Network, exists because we believe every woman should feel supported during childbirth. Volunteer birth doulas offer support throughout labor to ensure the mother's birth plan wishes are respected, as well as to provide special relaxation techniques. Doulas are for both natural and medicated births, as they can still support a mother who has an epidural in many other ways. Birth doulas provide non-medical emotional, physical, and informational support to moms and their partners. Our volunteer doulas provide a very important service to all laboring mothers. Meet our volunteer birth doulas.

Laci Harder Volunteer Doula

"One of the best parts of being a doula is providing emotional and physical support to women from all backgrounds, as they celebrate bringing new life into their families. Being a doula has taught me how to support women without words. I've supported women in complete silence because sometimes a reassuring nod or just having the presence of a helping hand is all they need." – Laci Harder, Volunteer Doula 

Interested in Becoming a St. Luke's Volunteer Birth Doula?

  • Step 1 – Complete the online Volunteer Doula Application. Those with healthcare backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
  • Step 2 – Interview with the volunteer doula program coordinator to discuss your skills, experience and availability.
  • Step 3 – Complete St. Luke's volunteer application process, which includes a background check, health screening (includes review of immunization records) and new volunteer orientation.
  • Step 4 – Attend a two day doula training workshop provided by the hospital at no charge (16 hours total training) and complete our Birth Center orientation.

For more information, please contact Volunteer Doula Program Coordinator, Amaris Garcia, at (712) 279-3371 or amaris.garcia@unitypoint.org.

FAQs

What is a doula?

Doulas provide emotional, physical and informational support to moms and their partners during the childbirth process. Recent studies have shown a reduction in the number of Cesarean sections, shorter labor, less need for pain medication and greater satisfaction with the birth experience when a doula is present during labor. Doulas are for both natural and medicated births, as they can still support a mother who has an epidural in many other ways. Doulas do not give medical advice or care but they can help facilitate good communication between the patient and the medical staff.

What kind of training do doulas have?

Volunteer doulas must complete 16 hours of training in a professional labor support workshop, as well as additional orientation classes and hands-on learning.

What is the difference between a St. Luke's volunteer doula and a private doula?

Our volunteer doulas are placed on call a limited number of days and are available on a first come, first served basis. Because we do not know what the demand will be for doulas on a particular day, we are never able to guarantee the availability of one, although we always strive to meet the request of our patients. Our doulas offer their services as a gift to our community without cost to our patients, so that families who cannot afford to hire a private doula can still have support. Private doulas are paid out of pocket and contracted independently. A private doula has the privilege of being able to guarantee their availability for a particular client and also meet with them in their home.