Doula Services

The In-a-Pinch Doula Program provides FREE on-call birth support for laboring mothers, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, through our hotline, 415-66-DOULA. We serve all hospitals and birth centers in Sonoma County and we offer assistance to anyone who is interested in having the non-medical, emotional, physical, and informational support that a doula provides.

What is a Doula?

The word doula means “caregiver” or “woman of service”. A doula is a trained childbirth
companion that provides continuous non-medical support to the birthing mother.
A Birth Doula:

  • Never leaves the birthing mother without support (unless desired)
  • Supports all birth types
  • Provides emotional support to mother and family
  • Assists physical comfort (e.g. massage, position changes)
  • Guides relaxation (e.g. visualization)
  • Supports informed, confident patient consent through advocacy
  • Draws birth partner in to participate at their comfort level
  • Remains after the birth to listen and answer questions

A Birth Doula Does NOT:

  • Perform medical procedures or checks
  • Work against medical staff advice
  • Replace the father/partner

Studies Have Shown a Doula Can:

  • Shorten labor
  • Decrease C-Section probability
  • Decrease requests for pain medication
  • Help fathers participate with confidence
  • Increase breastfeeding success

Mothers, fathers, babies, and nurses, midwives, and doctors all benefit from having Doula!



Better Beginnings provides free breastfeeding support and on-call birth doula support. Call 707-902-3031 for more information!

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