What is a doula?


Doulas are helpers in pregnancy, birthing, and early parenting. They have an important role in supporting families in navigating their life changes and the medical system.

As support people, doulas take care of the non-medical aspects of your experience, such as:

  • keeping you informed and comfortable;
  • honouring any tradition or ceremony you would like to have for your birth; and
  • helping you to make decisions.

Doulas are support people for the whole family circle. They can help your loved ones feel more included in your care.

How is a doula distinct from a midwife?

Doulas are distinct from midwives because they do not:

  • provide any medical care; and
  • keep any medical records.

Midwives provide the medical care as well as many of the supports doulas provide. Midwives and doulas can work together as helpers to guide families through a childbearing experience that meets their hopes of how they would like to welcome their baby into this world.

Your health card or BC Services card does not cover the cost of a doula.

How do I pay for a doula?

Doulas charge a range of prices for their services, ranging from $500 to $1500. Some doulas charge sliding scale fees based upon your need and income.

Some are part of the Doulas for Aboriginal Families Grant Program from the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres and First Nations Health Authority.  This program covers up to $1000 of doula services for:

  • Indigenous women; or
  • women who are pregnant with Indigenous partners.

If you’d like to learn more about the program, visit the website

How do I find a doula?

Many doulas are found through referrals and through word of mouth. Ask friends and family members if they recommend someone in your community.

You may also wish to contact:

  • Indigenous Doula Collective
  • Doula Services Association of BC (bcdoulas.org)

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