Through the ages, trusted relatives and friends have offered invaluable, loving labor support.
A professional doula can offer, in addition, one-on-one education and continuity of support through abortion, miscarriage, stillbirth, pregnancy, labor induction, cesarean section, and postpartum experiences. Some professional doulas specialize in certain areas, such as trauma-informed and LGBTQIA+ support, fertility awareness, contraception, conception, vaginal birth after a cesarean, or loss and grief. Professional doulas are widely recognized as important members of pregnancy healthcare teams. While doulas can help people feel more confident, connected, and informed, they do not provide medical care or advice.
On this page, we describe roles that a professional doula may play in pregnancy release and pregnancy continuation and help you access a doula in Wisconsin. You can also call 608-514-1714 for this information.
If you are a doula who serves Wisconsin and shares our philosophy of person-centering, community-informed healthcare, we would be honored to include you on this page and/or in our unlisted Community Doulas referral network. Please contact us or submit this doula resource entry form.
An abortion what?
An abortion doula can provide confidential support before, during, and after your abortion. A doula can support you as you navigate feelings, options, and logistics around abortion. A doula does not make decisions or speak for you
but can help you communicate and collaborate as needed.
An abortion doula can accompany you to and from appointments. A doula may be with you during an in-clinic abortion and through recovery. If you choose to have a pill abortion at home, a doula can support you through that process.
Where can I find an abortion doula?
Abortion doulas can be difficult to find in Wisconsin. When you google doulas in your area, look for full-spectrum doulas -- they offer abortion as well as birth support. You can also contact birth doulas and ask if they offer abortion support - many offer this service but do not advertise it specifically.
POWERS Community Doulas network is an unlisted group of full-spectrum and abortion doulas who live all around the state and just across the border. They can be reached through our 24-hour call-line. Doulas are available to listen and support, as well as to assist you physically and logistically when and where possible.
How much do abortion doulas cost?
Cost varies for individual doula services. The POWERS Community Doulas network is free or low cost at this time, due to financial and other access burdens that discriminate specifically against people seeking abortion healthcare in Wisconsin.
A birth what?
A birth doula can provide informational, emotional, and physical support to you and your family during pregnancy, birth, and the immediate postpartum period. A doula does not make decisions or speak for you but can help you
communicate and collaborate with your care team as needed. Doulas maintain continuous support throughout your labor, assisting in navigating what is happening, why, and what your options are. If a health complication or other unplanned event arises, a doula can help you remain centered in your labor, birth, or new parenting experience and maintain an active role in cares and decision-making. Doulas respect confidentiality and provide support in all birth settings.
Why work with a doula for your birth?
“Support offered by trained labor coaches such as doulas has been associated with improved birth outcomes, including shortened labor and fewer operative deliveries.”
– American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, 2017
A 2017 Cochrane Review of 26 randomized trials including more than 15,000 people compared continuous one-on-one support to usual care in birth. The review concluded that continuous support, particularly when provided by a professional doula, was associated with improved birth outcomes. Doula supported births are associated with:
31% decrease in the use of Pitocin;
28% decrease in the risk of Cesarean;
12% increase in the likelihood of a spontaneous vaginal birth;
34% decrease in the risk of being dissatisfied with the birth experience.