The emotional support of a doula during pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum can be invaluable. The Doula Foundation began in 2001 as a resource for pregnant women of all ages and their families. As a result, the Foundation offers a variety of classes for expecting and new parents while also partnering with other community organizations.
What services do you provide?
Julie Anderson: The Doula Foundation provides doula services. A doula provides emotional support and advocacy before, during and after childbirth. Our certified doulas are on call 24-hours for four weeks surrounding the birth. They offer suggestions or coaching on comfort measures, provide emotional support, advocate for the mother’s wishes, help the mother obtain adequate prenatal care, promote bonding and provide postpartum support. The doula doesn’t provide any clinical or medical services. The doula meets with the client a minimum of two face-to-face visits during pregnancy, as well as makes herself available for additional questions or concerns the client has. She is present at the birth and provides postpartum follow-up visits and support, as well.
The Doula Foundation has a full-time, community-based doula who works with pregnant youth up to the age of 21. The doula makes contact with the client weekly or bi-weekly and assists with resources. She works with the client up to 12 weeks after the baby is born. She also leads a group that is held monthly with the clients.
Childbirth Education Classes are available monthly with the exception of holidays and provides a total of 12-hours of education over the course of a four-week series. Classes are designed to help parents and their parenting partners prepare for the arrival of their baby. Class topics and benefits include: Physical and emotional care through the birth process, comfort measures, medical interventions, postpartum care, breastfeeding education, and newborn care. Classes are held Mondays, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Prenatal Yoga and Health Education is provided for pregnant women as early as 12 weeks and through the duration of their pregnancy. Classes are offered Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. and Thursdays 5:30 to 6:45 p.m.
The Doula Foundation has partnered with Parents as Teachers and other community partners to provide a weekly parent/child group, to help promote bonding between parent and child, and prepare for school readiness. This group is attended by parents and their children ages 0 to 23 months. The group meets every Tuesday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
How does someone obtain services?
JA: Clients can be referred by community agencies, medical providers or can contact The Doula Foundation directly by calling the main number or via the website at www.doulafoundation.org. An intake appointment is scheduled with the Family Care Specialist. The intake process takes approximately 45 minutes to an hour to complete. All the services are discussed in detail during the intake. The client’s needs are also assessed. The client is provided with community resources/referrals they may need.
All programs are available to any member of the community. Fees are on a sliding scale based on ability to pay.
Do you accept volunteers?
JA: We love our volunteers and have multiple areas of opportunity to serve. If interested, please contact us to inquire as to how you might be able to use your gifts and talents to help.
What kind of donations do you need/accept?
JA: Private donations are critical to support our mission. Individuals can attend or sponsor upcoming events. Invite The Doula Foundation to come and speak to your employees, school and churches, or become an ambassador to speak to people about our mission, raise dollars, heighten awareness and help implement critical programs.
To be a source of emotional care, advocacy and comfort for all mothers and their families during pregnancy, childbirth and early parenthood by providing services that ease the physical and emotional challenges of childbirth, encouraging the bond between parent and child, and providing a sense of empowerment to new and soon-to-be parents.
The Doula Foundation
330 N. Jefferson, Suite C, Springfield, MO 65806
Faith Giedd – Chief Executive Officer
Julie Anderson – Family Care Specialist
Sarah Barcus – Director of Programs
Joe Kissee – Director of Communications & Special Events
Breezy Rogers – Community Based Doula