The Doula program is an opportunity to make your pregnancy and birth experience the best
and most memorable. The visits start in the seventh month of pregnancy and ends around
two months postpartum. The Doula program has a limited number of openings, so be
sure to take advantage of this unique opportunity.
What is a Doula?
"Doula" is a Greek word referring to an experienced woman who helps other women. The
word has now come to mean a woman experienced in childbirth who provides continuous
physical, emotional, and informational support to the mother before, during and just after
(Klaus, Kennell and Klaus, Mothering the Mother, 1993)
What services does a Doula provide?
A doula's role is one of support to the parent, rather than a medical role.
In addition, a doula:
- Provides prenatal and post-partum home visits
- Assists in establishing prenatal care
- Helps the mother to develop a specialized birth plan
- Provides information and support for labor and the birth process
- Provides physical comfort measures and emotional support
- Focuses on promoting strong parent-child relationships
- provides breastfeeding counseling and support
Who qualifies for this FREE service?
FCHD's Doula Program is the first program of its kind in our area. Since it's so new, Doula
Services are only available to a limited number of pregnant women receiving services
through the Fayette County Health Department.
What are the benefits of having a Doula?
Research has demonstrated many benefits of Doula involvement in the birth experience
- Shorter labor
- Fewer labor/delivery complications
- Increased breastfeeding
- Less maternal depression
- Mothers report less pain and more satisfaction with the labor and delivery
For more information, contact the Fayette County Health Department:
(618) 283-5037 or 283-1044
Fayette County Health Department does not discriminate in admission to programs or treatment of employment in programs or activities in
compliance with Illinois Human Rights Act; the U.S. Civil Rights Act; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act; the Age Discrimination Act; the Age
Discrimination in Employment Act; the U.S. and Illinois Constitutions. If you feel you have been discriminated against, you have a right to file a
complaint with the Illinois Department on Aging, for information call 1-800-22-8966 (Voice and TDD), or contact Civil Rights Coordinator, Illinois
Department on Aging, 421 East Capitol Avenue, Springfield, Illinois 62701; telephone 217-785-3356.
Funding is provided through the Ounce of Prevention Fund.
Doula services is a fun, interactive home visiting program. The Doulas bring a wide variety of gifts and optional activities to enhance your pregnancy,
such as comfort measures, belly casting, and making a customized birth plan to meet your needs.