A Birth Doula is "a woman experienced in childbirth who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after childbirth" (Klaus et al).
The ECHN Preferred Doula Program provides doula services to women who want or need additional support during their pregnancy, birth and postpartum period. Interested women will be matched with specially trained, experienced and certified birth doulas. Fee for the service is $800.
The ECHN Mentor/Doula Program was created in 2003 through a grant from The March of Dimes to provide a nurturing ongoing service for pregnant women with maternal/fetal conditions that require specialized care. Eligible women must be planning to deliver at Manchester Memorial Hospital. This service is provided free of charge to those who qualify.
For more information and to schedule an interview call Betsy Crayton, Perinatal Education Coordinator 860.647.4790.