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A Full-Spectrum Pregnancy Options Network Serving Wisconsin

Doulas

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.  
 
 

Abortion Doulas

 
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.
 
 

Birth Doulas

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.
Where can I find a doula?
Birth doulas can be found throughout Wisconsin. See our Life Resources page and google doulas in your area. You can also contact local midwives and birth centers for possible referrals. Contact our 24/7 call-line if you would like help finding a birth doula.
 
How do I pick a doula?
 
If your area offers more than one doula service,  we suggest that you choose two or three doulas who seem like a good fit online and set up a free interview with each of them. Picking a doula can be a little like going on a date.  
How much do doulas cost?
Cost varies throughout the state, by individual community and individual doula. Some communities have free or low-cost doula programs. Individual doulas may offer payment plans, sliding-fee scales, or volunteer services in specific circumstances. 
 

Wisconsin Doulas 

 
 
The doulas listed here provide services related to pregnancy, birth, postpartum, and bereavement.  They may or may not also provide abortion doula services.
For direct referral to abortion doulas please contact us through email or the POWERS call line at (608) 514-1714.

Northeast Wisconsin

 

 

 

 

 

Northwest Wisconsin

 
Rooted Beginning Doula Care
Providing support in any way needed through the pregnancy journey and beyond.  Offering free services, reduced and sliding scale fee options.
Amanda Mondlock
Compassionate, trauma-informed birth and postpartum support.
Breathe In Yoga & Birth
Helping birthing people navigate pregnancy and birth with kindness, compassion, and nonjudgmental support, includes mindfulness practices and evidence-based information. Sliding fee scale options.

Southeast Wisconsin

 
Doula Woman, LLC
Judgment-free full-spectrum doula service for any birth setting and plan, includes hypnobirthing, postpartum, reiki, and yoga support.
Maroon Calabash
Community-based doula model and black reproductive justice organization. Supports conception, pregnancy, abortion, loss, menstruation, and menopause.
Tree of Life
Empowering women through trauma-informed birth work. Brings a Masters degree in Mental Health to doula support.
VLF Doula Services
Full-spectrum doula and reproductive justice advocate who serves Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Washington, & Waukesha Counties.
Wisconsin Doulas of Color Collective
Statewide, based out of Milwaukee Area
Doulas and allied health professionals supporting individuals and families of color. Offers full-spectrum doula support for all pregnancy experiences.

Southwest Wisconsin

Driftless Region Doulas
Full-spectrum judgement-free, nurturing support before, during, and after pregnancy to create safe and empowering reproductive and parenting decisions.
 

Central Wisconsin

 

Tori Spice

Providing professional, open support with the belief that all births are different.  

South Central Wisconsin

 
Alix Loniello
Providing committed, compassionate full-spectrum doula services to all pregnant people with an emphasis on bodily autonomy. 
Ashley Hartman Annis
Full-spectrum doula, menstrual cycle educator, and zine-maker, offering sliding-scale and free services.
Center for Community Healing, Pregnancy and Sexual Health
Full-spectrum doula service and mental health support for all phases of pregnancy, offering art therapy and counseling, education, and advocacy.
Harambee Village Doulas
Full-spectrum doulas of color offering peer-to-peer support for the life course and addressing racial inequities in health disparities.  
Katie Fitzmier
Non-judgmental, free (volunteer) doula service. LGBTQI-affirming and trauma-informed support.  
Little Treasures Postpartum
Assists families in the Madison area following birth, helping to care for parents in this important time of transition.
Lumos Doula Services
Serves families through education, community, lactation, and postpartum, as well as birth doula care.  Full-spectrum support includes fertility, bereavement, loss, and miscarriage.
Maggie Mehr - Madison Doula
Empowering families with informed choice through birth and postpartum doula services, offers a sliding-fee scale.
Newborn & Infant Doula Services, LLC
Nurturing newborns and guiding parents through birth and postpartum with a trusted, wise, compassionate presence, offers sliding-scale services.
Pax & Lux, LL
Pregnancy, birth, hypnobirthing, and postpartum education and doula service, includes lactation assistance.
Prismatic Birthing Service
Black, genderqueer, pansexual doula with the belief that all people deserve quality, inclusive care.  Full-spectrum support includes fertility.  

 
Raíces para el Cambio / Roots for Change
Latina doula cooperative providing support, prenatal yoga, health and wellness education, and lactation counseling.
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