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Description

A doula, or birth attendant, is a woman who offers non-medical, physical and emotional support to women before, during and after childbirth. A doula also provides support and information to spouses and other family members.

Services provided

  • Support during pregnancy
  • Support during childbirth
  • Postnatal support

Eligibility

Available to all women who require assistance before, during and after childbirth.

How to access

To find a doula near you, visit the find a doulawebsite.

Costs

Doula services are not covered by Medicare.

The cost of a doula varies depending on the provider. Contact the service before you attend if you would like more information about cost.

Profile

Sector

Conventional healthcare

Regulation

Unregulated

Registration

Doulas are not required to be registered with a government medical authority.

Tip

  • When you meet a doula have a list of questions to ask
  • Speak to friends or family who used the services a doula

Important

Not all doulas have qualifications. Ask your doula about their qualifications and training.

Doulas are not covered by insurance.