Birthing Center - Doula Program
Sutter Davis Hospital
Jennifer Anderson, RN and Doula, provides comfort and presence to a woman in labor
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.
The wisdom and emotional support of experienced women at birth is an ancient tradition. Today that tradition is carried on by doulas that stay by the woman's side throughout labor, delivery and the immediate postpartum period.
Studies show that when doulas are present at birth, women have shorter labors, fewer medical interventions, fewer cesareans, healthier babies, and breastfeed longer. Recent evidence also suggests that when a doula provides labor support, women are more satisfied with their experience and the mother-infant interaction is enhanced long after the birth.
The doulas at Sutter Davis Hospital 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. They nurture the woman through one of the life's most precious events, helping to make it positive and memorable. Beyond seeing to the woman's comfort, the doula facilitates communication between the woman, her partner, and medical staff. The doula guides the woman and her support system through the normal stages of labor, making suggestions to help her cope with the intensity of contractions. She includes the woman’s support system in her care. 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. Sutter Davis Birthing Center provides 24 hour doula coverage through a volunteer doula program. If you would like a doula at your birth, discuss this option with your health care provider during your prenatal visits. When you are admitted to the Birthing Center in labor, or for a medically necessary induction, inform your nurse when you would like to have a doula, and one will be called for you.
If you would like to meet our doulas and hear more about how doulas can help you have a memorable and joyous birth, come to our next "Meet the Doulas" event on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. in the Meeting Rooms next to the cafeteria.
Interested in becoming a volunteer doula?
The Sutter Davis Doula Program is administered by a former Birthing Center RN and doula with many years of experience supporting women in labor. We greatly appreciate having prospective volunteer doulas join our labor support team. Doula orientations are held twice a year, in the spring and fall. Acceptance to the program is through an application and interview process.
For more information and to be placed on the contact list for the next application period, contact Jennifer Anderson, RN, at SDHDoula@sutterhealth.org. She will respond to your inquiries via email.