Saint Francis Hospital South is committed to providing expectant families a range of choices realizing that each birth experience is as unique as each new baby. Our physicians and nurses are pleased to provide you with information regarding the availability of doula services in the community.

Doulas are not employees of Saint Francis Hospital South, but are fee-based, independent contractors hired directly by the expectant couple. They can add another dimension to the birth experience by providing additional support to the expectant mother.

The word "doula" comes from ancient Greek and is now used to refer to "a woman experienced in childbirth who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after childbirth."

Doulas assist a pregnant woman prepare for and carry out her plans for the birth experience. They work closely with the physician and nurses to help achieve the expectant families' birthing goals. For women without partners, the doula may be a source of focused, continuous emotional support throughout the labor process.