Doulas of Greater Kansas City
is a non-profit organization of women who are trained to provide education and support for women and their families during childbirth and postpartum. We are not an employment agency.
A birth doula meets with the pregnant woman and her support person during the pregnancy to discuss their beliefs and concerns about labor and birth and to help in writing a birth plan. The birth doula provides continuous support during the labor and birth using comfort measures and positioning and assists with beginning breastfeeding. After the baby is born, one to two home visits by the doula are available based on the family's request.
A postpartum doula provides care after the birth to the baby and mother at home through education and support of the parents. A postpartum doula may provide assistance with breastfeeding, guidance on newborn care, calming a baby, light housework, grocery shopping and meal preparation.
In choosing a birth or postpartum doula, we suggest that you meet with two to four women to find a doula who supports your choices and with whom you feel comfortable.
If you are interested in learning more about becoming a doula, please see our resources page for links to training and certifying organizations.