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What is a Doula?

The word doula comes from a Greek word meaning “woman helper.”  Today, a doula is a birth companion, trained to give support to individuals and families during labor and birth. 

All of our doulas are professionally trained; many through the international organization DONA International - Doulas of North America International, to Labor (formerly ALACE), or CAPPA - Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Assosication. Whether a pregnant client arrives at the hospital alone or with family and friends, the doula can help her to have a more comfortable and positive birthing experience. We are pleased to be able to offer this important service free of charge.

Check out our UNC Medical Center website https://www.uncmedicalcenter.org/doulas

How do I get a doula?

Birth Partners UNC volunteer doulas are available upon request at UNC Medical Center. Although we cannot guarantee that a volunteer Doula will always be available, we make every effort to provide you with this service.

The services of a Doula can be requested upon arrival to UNC Women's Hospital, make sure to tell the nurses taking care of you that would like to have a UNC Volunteer Doula (specify if you need her to be bilingual in Spanish) and they will call the Doula on-call for you. If you would like more information about our program please contact us with your questions. If you have special circumstances and would like to request a doula prior to your due date, please be in touch with us at the email below.


We support parents during cesarean birth too!

Visit our UNC Medical Center website at   https://www.uncmedicalcenter.org/doulas

Please contact us at: doula@unch.unc.edu.

For more general information about Doulas you may visit: www.dona.org

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Our Mission


Birth Partners is the volunteer doula program at UNC Medical Center. Our mission is to provide physical, emotional, and educational support during pregnancy, birth, and the immediate postpartum period to those giving birth at UNC. We provide equal access to compassionate doula care to promote increased confidence in birth and parenting. Our program develops future healthcare professionals and community members who value the philosophy of patient and family-centered care.


Birth Partner UNC Volunteer Doulas


Interested in becoming a Birth Partner UNC Volunteer Doula?

Are you a trained and experienced doula? Thank you for considering serving as a volunteer doula. We would love to hear from you.  Please email us at doula@unchealth.unc.edu for more information! 

Are you considering doula training? You will find information about the role and work of a doula at dona.org. We plan to offer our next doula training early in 2018. This training is intended for individuals who think they might like to volunteer in our program. There are no pre-requisites to the training and it is offered over one weekend, typically a Friday evening and all day Saturday. Please check back on our UNC Medical Center website for updated information and email us to join our interest and mailing list!



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