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Doulas are specially trained laywomen who provide nonmedical comfort and support to pregnant women — before, during, and after their birth experience.
In addition to their training and education, the doulas also have all of the necessary clearances and training in infant care and lactation support.
The Department of Family Medicine’s Birth Circle provides doula services to women throughout Allegheny County.
The ability to be present as a trained support person in labor and delivery is the critical advantage that our program Birth Circle brings to our pregnant clients. The consistent presence of a trusted person can make a major difference in a woman’s ability to have a positive birth experience.
Research has found that women who use doula services have:
The postpartum follow-up by the doulas has shown to have a positive impact on attendance at well baby visits and the duration of breast feeding.
For more information about doula services, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.