Labor & Delivery Unit and the Birth Center
Volunteer doulas are offered, free of charge, to any woman delivering her baby at the UCSD Medical Center in Hillcrest or La Jolla no matter which setting she is in - and regardless of what pain medications are used, the type of delivery, or whether or not there are complications. Doulas attend both medicated and unmedicated deliveries, and low-risk or high-risk deliveries including cesarean births.
On-call doulas offer their services on an as-needed basis to women having their babies in the Birth Center setting, or in the Labor & Delivery Unit. The healthcare staff may call for a doula on a mother's behalf at any time of the day or night.
Sometimes it is clear in advance that a woman will especially benefit from getting to know a doula while she is pregnant, and can plan to call on her as soon as her labor starts. Referral doulas are available on a more limited basis. Talk to a UCSD Medical Center midwife or physician for more information.
We are supported by the UCSD Medical Center and others who believe that every woman should have a doula available at her baby's birth. Donations are gratefully accepted to our non-profit volunteer program.