"If a doula were a drug, it would be unethical not to use it."
-Dr. John H. Kennell
The evidence is clear: continuous support before, during, and after labor from a doula who provides emotional and physical support and evidence based information improves birth outcomes. You're less likely to need interventions or pain medication, more likely to have a shorter birth on average and be more satisfied with your experience if you birth with a doula.
Doulas are a necessity, not a luxury! In a country with the worst maternal mortality rate in the industrialized world, we believe that support from a experienced doula should be part of routine maternity care because it has been proven to improve birth outcomes and reduce postpartum mental health issues, while reducing overall healthcare costs.
At Full Spectrum Doula Care, we practice the continuity of care model; meaning you'll have the same doula who knows you and your goals through your entire reproductive journey, with a guaranteed, high quality team backing her up.
Doula work is based in abundance. We believe in finding a doula for every person that wants one and building a community that nourishes the families of Portland while sustainably providing for the women doing this important work.
We are very grateful to be able to work as doulas, not only do we love this work but because we know the extraordinary impact it can have on the individual and societal level.
Full Spectrum Doulas commit to these values:
We will uphold the DONA standards of conduct and ethics for doulas.
We believe in the DONA vision of "a doula for every person who wants one" while maintaining a sustainable lifestyle for the doulas who do this work.
Doula work is based in abundance. We reject the notion of scarcity in birth work or that doulas should be in competition with each other.
We believe in inclusivity and commit to listen and learn from the people who have been excluded from the best care practices in the past and will work to support more diversity in the birth community. We will make decisions by consensus.
We will fight for Reproductive Justice; the human right to maintain personal bodily autonomy, have children, not have children, and to parent those children in safe and sustainable communities.
We believe in providing evidence based information and will stay up to date with the latest research and best practices with ongoing learning and trainings. We reject the culture of fear based information and believe in providing empowering information and sustaining any choice made with true informed consent.