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Doulas and the movement for reproductive justice

  • UC Berkeley 245 Hearst Gym Berkeley, CA USA (map)

This lecture is part of a project to gather postpartum traditions, to expose current postpartum experiences and to define postpartum justice.  Come join us.  Public welcome.

Ethnic Studies 199/ Asian American Studies 199: Traditional Postpartum Wisdom: Implications for Contemporary Postpartum Justice.  (For additional information: or HERE)


Linda Jones, Doula

The First Six Weeks - A Doula Service

What is a Doula?

The word Doula (pronounced Doo-la) is an ancient Greek word meaning woman servant or caregiver.

 We now use the term Birth Doula to describe a trained and experienced labor companion who "mothers the mother."   She provides the woman and her partner continuous emotional support and physical comfort to help smooth the natural process of birth.  She also assists in providing information before, during and just after the birth and in helping the partner to  interpret the woman's wishes to the hospital staff.

 A Postpartum Doula is a trained and experienced caregiver who offers non medical support for the mother and her family in their home in the weeks following the birth, either during the day or overnight.  She provides evidenced-based information on infant care, breastfeeding, baby calming, and sleep methods. She also provides non-judgmental support for the new mother's emotional and physical recovery from childbirth.

Labor Support

Studies have shown that when doulas attend birth, labors are shorter with fewer complications, babies are healthier and they breastfeed more easily.

Postpartum Support

Utilizing a Doula to help during the Postpartum period  provides a smoother transition to new parenthood.  It allows mothers to learn how to care for their newborn(s), get much needed rest and immediate answers to the many questions that all new parents have.

Over Two Decades of Doula Experience

Linda Jones has assisted women throughout the bay Area since 1990. She has been a source of labor and post partum support for over 1000 babies over the past 20 years, making her a highly respected, senior Doula. She is a popular figure in the various maternity wards and highly respected by East Bay midwives, obstetricians and nurses.