The Community Doula Birth Program provides a sliding scale to ensure everyone has access to a doula. We are able to provide reduced cost doula services to low-income pregnant people in the Greater Portland area by connecting doulas-in-training with families in need. We provide services to MaineCare participants, those in a financial hardship, refugees, immigrants, VBACs, planned cesareans… everyone! Doulas-in-training are matched with experienced mentors who provide support through the course of their services.
The Community Doula Birth Program is not just for those who are experiencing financial hardship. We have a sliding scale that is applicable to everyone. Your payment helps to provide doulas for those could not otherwise afford them. So not only do you get the support you need, you also help to support another pregnant person through their journey.
Why hire a doula?
Randomized studies of 15,000 people showed that those supported by a doula were:
less likely to use any pain medication
less likely to have a cesarean section
less likely to use synthetic oxytocin (Pitocin) to speed up labor
Doulas offer higher satisfaction
Parents are 35% less likely to rate their childbirth experiences negatively when working with a doula
Your support matters
Your donation provide families in need with vital support and services. Your donation also allows us to provide scholarships, low-cost trainings, and free trainings to underserved communities. Your donation provides new doulas with one-on-one mentorship and guidance in their journey to helping new parents.