Doulas & Family Support Workers
What is a Doula?
Doulas provide teen mothers with education before, during and after the birth.
Doula services are offered free of charge to pregnant teens (age 19 and younger) who live in Winnebago County through Teen Family Support.
A doula is a female who is a trained and experienced labor companion from our community who provides you with prenatal information, support and labor and delivery assistance. Home visiting services are provided and the doula is available 24/7 to attend our laboring teen’s births at local hospitals.
Prenatal Support Groups are offered to provide pregnant teenage mothers an opportunity to learn more about pregnancy and to meet other teenage mothers.
Transportation is provided to the teenage mother to attend our groups.
A Doula . . .
- Understands the process of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labor
- Helps the teen mother and her partner in preparing for and carrying out their plans for the birth
- Stays by the side of the laboring woman throughout the entire labor at the hospital
- Provides knowledgeable support, practical comfort measures and information to help the teen mother make decisions that are best for her individual situation
- Advocates for and helps the woman in labor to communicate with health care professionals.
Note: A Doula is not medically trained and cannot perform or participate in any type of medical procedure.
What is a Family Support Worker?
Family Support Workers provide the support and information you need to become a confident, self-sufficient parent.
Both Doulas and Family Support Workers discuss issues concerning a pregnant or parenting mom, including:
- Promoting a healthy pregnancy, labor and delivery
- Encouraging and supporting breastfeeding
- Adjusting to becoming a parent
- Helping your baby learn and grow
- Understanding your child’s behavior
- Keeping you and your baby healthy