Angelina Leeks started MyDoulaDirectory.info–a listing of free and low-cost doula services–because she believes that “every woman should be able to have a doula regardless of economic status.” I spoke with her this week about the site’s success and what you & I can do to spread the word.
Angie expected the website to take a while to catch on. But instead it “took off like a wildfire!” and currently offers listings for 71 doulas or organizations in 23 U.S. states and 1 Canadian province. Over 2,000 birthing families have searched MyDoulaDirectory.info so far this year, looking for a free or low-cost doula.
Angie says she’s “constantly working with families who want a doula and can’t find one either because of the cost, their rural location or simply because they don’t know if a doula would be comfortable with their special circumstances (adoptions, surrogacy, unwed, alternative lifestyles, sexual orientation, etc.).” It seems that this directory is one step forward toward filling the socio-economic gaps in pregnancy support, and an opportunity to bring the doula community closer to a full spectrum model of support.
For some families, connecting with a doula they can afford makes all the difference in their birth experience. ”I’ve found families to be especially grateful and appreciative. Most are experiencing a doula for the first time, while others wouldn’t have it any other way.”
Hear that? MyDoulaDirectory.info is spreading the word about doulas. So what can you & I do to spread the word about this fantastic resource? ”Tell everyone you know – especially in public places so others can hear. Tell your friends, babysitters, kid’s teachers, bus drivers and even other doulas.”
If you’re pregnant and in need of a volunteer or low-cost doula, search the directory here. If you don’t find any doulas in your area, you can sign up to be notified when new doulas in your area join the directory.
If you’re a doula looking for certification births or willing to lend your time and energy to a family in need of support, signup by emailing MyDoulaDirectory.firstname.lastname@example.org with the following info:
- Your Business Name
- Your Name
- Your City/Town and State/Province
- Area(s) You Serve
- A Brief Description (if you want)
- Your Logo/Photo/Banner (if you want)