Pacific Birth Collective 

Island of Maui

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Birth Doulas


A Doula is a woman experienced in childbirth and knowledgeable of hospital procedures. Doulas provide continuous physical, emotional, and informational support during labor—from massage to aromatherapy, to continuous reassurance and coping techniques—for the mother and her family.   

A birth doula generally meets with you before the birth to develop a trusting relationship and will be present for your labor. They may provide childbirth education, help you develop a birth plan, and set a number of postpartum visits. Most birth doulas work for a flat fee with a sliding scale.

If you are looking for Postpartum support you can find more information here

Finding and Interviewing Doulas

We recommend you interview several doulas and see whom you vibe with. Some questions you might considering asking are:

  • What is your birth philosophy?
  • What training have you had?
  • How many births have you attended?
  • Have you worked with my doctor/midwife before?
  • What kinds of suggestions do you typically make at a birth?
  • What do you provide as a part of your services?
  • What do you see your role as during the birth?
  • How do you help include my partner in the birth?
  • Can you provide references?
  • How much are your services?

Acronym Definitions

ALACE—Association of Labor Assistance and Childbirth Educators, Cambridge MA 

CD—Certified Doula

CBECertified Breastfeeding Educator

CCHT—Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist

CLECertified Lactation Educator

CNACertified Nurses Aid

DONA—Doulas of North America

LCCE—Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator

PCD—Certified Postpartum Doula

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