Welcome Home Doula Services, Inc. (website) is a non-profit organization offering Birth Doula services, childbirth education classes, pelvic health classes, continuing education for doulas, and placenta encapsulation services throughout the greater Davis/Sacramento area.
A Doula is a trained professional who provides emotional, physical, and informational support to a family during pregnancy, the birth of a child, and the postpartum period. Doulas do not perform clinical tasks, such as fetal heart tone assessment or cervical examinations. Parents who choose to be supported by a doula during the childbearing year tend to have lower rates of medical interventions during their labors, including assisted deliveries and caesarean births. These parents also tend to feel more bonded with their newborns, and their babies tend to breastfeed longer and more exclusively.
Birth Doula Services through WHDS typically include the following:
- 2-3 Prenatal Visits
- On-call birth support
- Continuous doula support throughout labor and birth
- 2 Postpartum Visits
- Photo/Video of the Labor and Birth
Contact Welcome Home Doula Services for current information on postpartum doula fees.
Partners or Doulas are welcome and are encouraged to attend any of the offered classes.
WHDS was founded by Madeleine Shernock.
WHDS also runs an informational Facebook Page http://www.facebook.com/whdoulaservices full of helpful information about pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum.