WHA’s postpartum doulas are advocates for you—both during and after pregnancy. They can help you get the most out of your care, address other challenges in your life and ease the transition to parenthood. The program is currently offered at our Northwest Perinatal Center East, Gateway and Oregon City offices.
We’re glad you asked! A doula is a woman trained to assist another woman during all or parts of pregnancy, childbirth and caring for a newborn. A doula is not your health care provider, but someone with extra knowledge, experience and training who supports, assists and advocates for you and your needs during this time.
WHA’s Postpartum Doula Program begins before your child is born during your pregnancy. Your doula can help you get the most out of your obstetric care by addressing things that could be standing in the way, like transportation or childcare. For eight to 12 weeks after your baby is born (“postpartum”), your doula can continue to support and advocate for you, helping you with the transition to parenting a newborn or caring for a growing family if you already have children at home.
The Postpartum Doula Program at WHA is funded through a grant partnership so we are currently able to offer this program at no charge.
Talk to your provider or one of our postpartum doulas at Pathways group or while in clinic.
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