Birth and Family Support.
When you are a part of the military community and find out you're expecting, you may be presented with a unique set of challenges. Like being alone during the birth of a baby or not having family close by for support. Choosing to have a doula can be a great asset and provide the advocacy, continuity of support, emotional and physical support you need. Even if you have have a family member, spouse, or birth partner a doula can be a benefit to the support team.
The Military Birth Resource Network provides listings for doula at a duty station close to you. Several of the doulas are military spouses themselves and understand what it is like to serve in our community.
We are happy to provide listings for your community. The birth professionals listed have endorsed the Military Birth Resource Network's Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice and where applicable they have a base license. These professionals endorse our goal to make a positive difference for pregnant women, new mothers, and their families through education, nurturing, and advocacy while fostering respect, knowledge, and integrity among professionals everywhere.
There are a range of levels of experience for doulas from the newly trained doula to a doula with many years experience. Doulas listed on our website do not work for MBRN or the local chapter. There are a range of "well seasoned" to "brand new" doulas to fit your needs. Doulas listed on our website do not work for MBRN or the Local Chapter. We support a mother's right to choose the type of birth that is right for her - un-medicated, medicated, cesarean, VBAC, home birth, hospital birth, or birth center birth. Every woman will choose birth practices that she feels is right for her and regardless of those choices, our goal is to support her during this incredibly important time. There are variations in philosophies and practices in the professionals listed in our member guide. The doulas within our network are trained by a national or internationally recognized organization. It is the responsibility of each consumer to verify the credentials of each professional. MBRN encourages consumers to interview professionals to determine which professional is the right person for their needs. Some doulas may provide volunteer services while others will charge a fee for service, MBRN does not regulate a doulas' fee but the network does encourage doulas participating in this program to consider each families' situation and circumstances.
Are you a doula offering services to the military community and would like to join our team, learn more at Military Birth Resource Network Membership
Here is a list of doulas serving around the world.
Balboa/San Diego (Home of Operation Doula)