To make caring and inclusive pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum services, and education accessible to low-income families and the broader community.
Transforming the way we envision birth and early parenting in our communities.
Why the Doula Support Foundation?
To Support Families
We strongly believe that everyone who wishes to have a Doula should be able to have one. That includes you!
We want to be able to make Doula care available to all those who want one, regardless of their personal financial circumstances. The subsidized services we offer include:
Continuous labour and birth support, so that birthing people and their families feel cared for, respected, heard, and informed
Prenatal and postpartum support, while also providing referrals and information about community resources
Lactation support to help those interested in getting breastfeeding/chestfeeding off to the best start possible
To Support Doulas
Particularly because female-dominated professions and care workers are too often undervalued (especially when the care is focused on women and gender non-conforming folks), we want to ensure that Doulas are properly compensated for the work they do in helping families and people in the community.
Additionally, we want to:
Increase awareness about the value of Doula care
Ensure a level of professionalism for those
working as Doulas
Engage in advocacy and collaborative work to advance reproductive health and maternal and newborn health locally, provincially, and more broadly
DSF aims to offer full-spectrum Doula care through the following Doula professionals:
Labour & Birth Doulas who will take you from pregnancy, through labour and birth, and into the transition of adjusting to life with a newborn
Postpartum Doulas who will help you thrive through the milestones of the first year of having a new baby
Bereavement Doulas who, in cases of pregnancy and infant loss, will be available to guide and support you. This includes full-spectrum, non-judgemental support for various circumstances.