Any person with a passion for helping mothers at one of the most vulnerable times of their lives has the necessary quality for training as a doula. Most doulas have had a child themselves and understand the importance of this vital service.
doula noun dou·la | \ ˈdü-lə \ plural doulas Definition of doula: a person trained to provide advice, information, emotional support, breastfeeding support, and physical comfort to a mother before, during, and just after childbirth.
Our mission is twofold. First we provide doula services and basic breastfeeding support to birthing or adoptive families of newborns through 12 weeks of age who could not otherwise afford them. Secondly we aim to create a pathway for mothers who have received these services to train and become community doulas themselves thus increasing their income earning potential and helping them to reach an economic status they currently cannot achieve.
Doula care is targeted to the the first 12 weeks after giving birth. This is a time of so many physical and emotional changes for a woman. Postpartum doula care can help ease a woman’s passage through this major life transition.
Birth doulas provide continuous labor support when mom begins active labor, during the entire labor process, and until 1-2 hours after the mom has given birth and the newborn has established its first feeding.
A woman needs a postpartum doula for many reasons, such as helping a woman heal physically and emotionally after giving birth, providing ready access to skilled basic breastfeeding support, accessing one on one personalized information on caring for herself, her newborn and helping her family transition into new roles created due to the presence of the newborn.
The Board members of Community Doulas of Waco not only help govern the direction of the organization, they contribute time as well as financial resources. They truly are invested in the success of the mission.
A woman needs a birth Doula to improve birth outcomes and to have a more positive birth experience. Having a birth doula support a mom in labor reduces the risks of c-sections and other medical interventions.
Any pregnant woman or parent of a newborn up to 12 weeks of age who qualifies for any type of government services and needs doula support but cannot afford it is eligible to receive services from Community Doulas of Waco. Simply contact us and we’ll take care of the rest.
We find the old adage to be true: give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. Community Doulas of Waco does both. First we give new moms the immediate care that they need in order to thrive in their role as mother. Then we turn around and teach those skills and help the mom set up a business providing the service to other women. In so doing, we teach her to fish for a lifetime in a viable and sustainable livelihood.
The cost of becoming a doula can sometimes be unattainable for a woman. Community Doulas of Waco helps offset some of these costs, partnering with women to help them achieve their goal of becoming a doula.
Are you expecting? Have you had a baby? Do you need breastfeeding support? Let us help you.