Doulas provide emotional, physical, and informational support to women in late pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period. The word "Doula" comes from the Ancient Greek word for "Woman who Serves."
Birth Doulas are trained specifically to prepare women for childbirth and assist at the birth itself in a non-medical role, whereas Postpartum Doulas are trained to provide support to the mother and infant(s) in the weeks and sometimes months following the birth.
There are many Birth and Postpartum Doulas offering their services in the Davis area. As expectant parents you should contact a few different local doulas and arrange for an interview. The initial interview should be free but it is always good to clarify that ahead of time. It is important that you choose the doula that is best for you and for your family. Trust your instincts and don't be afraid to ask lots of questions. For a few tips on how to choose a doula check out the article "How to Choose a Doula". Many doulas can only by found by word-of-mouth. If you are having trouble finding a doula you connect with, ask around—someone you know has the number for a local doula they love.
- BABIES Postpartum Doula Services Empowering mothers and families with new babies by offering a variety of services from breastfeeding support to helping mom get that needed sleep and shower. BABIES Postpartum Doula Services will be the rock you need as you start life with your baby. 916-525-7596 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Birth Song Doula Services Brittany Torke is a DONA trained birth doula providing services to the greater Sacramento Area, including Woodland and Davis.
Cyndi's Doula Service Cyndi Whitwell is a professional birth doula with over 20 years experience. She works with families in the Greater Sacramento area, including Davis. She is DONA certified.
- 10/24/10: I had my baby on 10/5/10 and Cyndi was my doula. She was FANTASTIC! I would highly reccommend her.- jsbmsb
- 04/24/13: Cyndi was our doula when my daughter was born in 2010 as well. She was amazing. I was never really sold on doulas, even though my wife insisted we enlist one. She was so right. Cyndi was the calm, comforting voice that made the entire labor so much smoother than it otherwise would've been. She also was very helpful when deciphering the different steps doctors and midwives wanted to take with my wife. I cannot recommend her enough, except to say we are expecting again and have already enlisted Cyndi's help for baby number 2. —BrianPakpour
- Lovin Heart Birth Doula Services Erin Lovin is a CBI certified birth doula providing services to the greater Sacramento Area and Yolo County. She believes that it is important for a woman to feel empowered and in control of her birth experience no matter what her birth choices are.
- Welcome Home Doula Services is a nonprofit organization with doulas serving Davis and surrounding areas (including Sacramento). They offer prenatal, birth, and postpartum support, as well as childbirth preparation courses, pelvic health courses, doula trainings, and placenta encapsulation. They provide sliding scale fees through their Apprentice Doula Program to low-income mothers as well.
Davis Mama Doula Gerrit Michael has raised her 4 children in Davis since 2002 and is now providing postpartum doula services to new moms and their families in Yolo, Solano and parts of Sacramento counties.