The Hospital Birth Doula Program concept was launched by Discover Birth in 2010. Through a collaboration with The Scarborough Hospital in the Greater Toronto Area, a team of 30 doulas came together to launch the first program of its kind in Ontario: a 24/7, 365 day-a-year non-volunteer-based birth doula program. Our team is comprised of many wonderful doulas who are here to make your birth a special and memorable day. They are all DONA International trained doulas (DONA is the largest doula certifying organization in the world). Our Birth Doula Program doulas also have additional training in preparation for working on this special program. You can rest assured you are in good hands.
If a doula were a drug, it would be unethical not to use it
Years in Operation
Doulas On Our Team
Comforting touch, positioning and other techniques
Increase satisfaction with your birth
Stay with you from start to finish – no shift changes!
Result in shorter labours with fewer complications
Reduces the need for Pitocin (a labour inducing drug with risks to mother and baby)
Reduces the need for forceps or vacuum extraction
Reduces the mother’s request for pain medication and/or epidurals
In centuries past, a laboring woman would have had a midwife for the medical role of delivering her baby. Furthermore she would have been surrounded by a large group of women: sisters, friends, neighbours, who would have acted as physical and emotional support to her. These were the first “doulas”. In the late 1970s Drs. Marshall Klaus and John Kennell accidentally discovered the modern day doula when they were doing research in Guatemala. They uncovered the amazing difference it made to have a sympathetic woman near the labouring woman. They went on to conduct randomized control trial on this support role and the results were dramatic: