Providence Offers Volunteer Doulas

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MEDFORD, Ore. — A program to make labor easier on moms-to-be is wrapping up its first year. Now, Providence Medford Medical Center is looking into Grants Pass to grow its volunteer doula program.

Right now, Providence has 16 volunteer doulas, with five more being trained. When requested by a mother-to-be, a volunteer doula assist in labor by providing emotional support to both parents.

“The moms say it was like having a friend, it was like having a sister or a family member who just kind of walked in and helped,” explained Tracy Hanson at Providence Medford Medical Center.

The doula also helps the laboring mom with physical comfort measures like breathing and relaxation. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, or using a doula for your labor, contact Providence Birthplace. You can call Tracy Hanson at 541-732-5717.