Interested in becoming a UNC doula?

If you are a UNC student, take a look at Fall Semester's Supporting the Childbearing Family, a class through the Apples Service-Learning program. Students will receive professional doula training and will volunteer as birth doulas within the UNC Volunteer Doula Service Program at NC Women’s Hospital. During the semester, students will concurrently begin volunteer work with the UNC Volunteer Doula Service as hospital volunteers. Learn more at http://ccps.unc.edu/apples/ Registration deadline is March 28th!

For those interested in becoming a UNC Doula who are not currently enrolled at UNC, we have a training on May 3rd & 4th! To apply please fill out the following form (also available at Women's Health Information Center):
Community Member UNC Healthcare Doula Volunteer Application Form

You can drop the form off at the Women's Health Information Center on the ground floor of the Women's hospital sometime during business hours (9am-5pm M-F). Or you can email the form as an attachment to doula@unch.unc.edu.

What is a Doula?

Doulas in training practice the breathing and massage exerciseThe word doula comes from a Greek word meaning “woman helper.”  Today, a doula is a supportive companion, trained to give support during labor.

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 woman arrives at the hospital alone or with family and friends, the doula can help her to have a more comfortable birthing experience. As a thanks to our UNC patients, we conveniently offer our doula services free of charge.

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

Take a look at our Doula Handout!

How do I get a doula?

UNC volunteer doulas are available to anyone who would like to have one at their birth. 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 or would like to request a doula prior to your delivery day, we will make every possible effort to match you with a trained UNC Volunteer Doula a couple of weeks or more prior to your due date.

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

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

Our Mission

The doulas of the UNC Volunteer Doula Service Program are committed to helping every laboring woman have a satisfying birth experience at N.C. Women's Hospital.  We believe that a doula's caring support helps a woman have a more positive birth experience, regardless of the type of labor and birth she has.  In addition, it is our goal to foster partner participation (when applicable) and to help establish breastfeeding for those women who choose to breastfeed.  We are particularly proud to be able to offer these services to women who would otherwise be unable to afford doula care.  We believe that a positive birth combined with partner participation and breastfeeding creates a strong foundation for greater confidence in parenting, and a good start for any new family.

UNC Volunteer Doulas

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