When requested by the expectant mother, Sutter Davis Hospital offers a special program to provide continuous physical, emotional and informational support to mothers during the childbirth process. A volunteer doula is on-call 24 hours a day and is available to laboring mothers at no cost.
Doulas at Sutter Davis Hospital’s birthing center are trained in the physiological and emotional aspects of childbirth. They are also educated in the normal stages of labor that every woman goes through when having a baby. Our doulas nurture women through one of the life's most precious events, helping to make it a positive and memorable experience.
Beyond seeing to the woman's comfort, the doula facilitates communication between the woman, her partner and healthcare providers. The doula guides the woman and her support system through the labor process, making suggestions to help the mother cope with the intensity of contractions. She is educated on the many labor tools that can help a woman feel more comfortable during labor and birth, including hydrotherapy, birthing stools, therapeutic touch and massage.