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Birth and postpartum support

on February 28th, 2011 at 2:55:04 AM

Doulas: A doula provides non-medical support to a woman giving birth, and/or to the woman and family after the birth. Childbirth Connection offers a lot of information about various types of labor support, including the option of having a friend or family member provide this support. Several organizations offer training and certification to doulas, as well as directories for women looking for a doula in their geographic area. See BirthWorks, DONA International, and CAPPA (Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association). There are also some volunteer doula programs for people in special circumstances: Operation Special Delivery for women whose partner, due to military service, has been killed or injured or is overseas at the time of delivery. There is a listing of volunteer doula programs at Radical Doula.

Postpartum Support International is a nonprofit organization offering information and support to women experiencing mood disorders after pregnancy, including postpartum depression. They also offer education and support to family members. There are weekly "chat with an expert" phone sessions, as well as a warmline (not for emergencies): 1-800-944-4773. Much of their work is done by volunteers who have themselves experienced postpartum depression.