Doulas are trained birth companions. They provide personal support to women and families during pregnancy, delivery and beyond. Their services are covered by the Oregon Health Plan. They are not caregivers, but can work with your health team. Doulas are professionally trained in emotional, physical, and educational support during the birth experience. A doula can be your advocate and help connect you to local health resources.
According to information on the Oregon Health Authority website, a doula can improve birth outcomes and infant health, strengthen families and establish supports to ensure ongoing family success. Oregon-registered doulas have undergone certified training and background checks.