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Frequently Asked Questions About Doulas

Read frequently asked questions about the Hearts & Hands volunteer doula program for mothers delivering at UC San Diego Health.

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Why are birth outcomes better with doulas present?

Is a doula the same thing as a midwife?

Does a doula replace the father or partner?

Can a doula help if a woman has an epidural?

Can a doula attend C-section births?

Can I request a particular doula or get to know a doula ahead of time?

How do I become a doula?

Information and Referrals

  • Volunteer Doulas: 858-249-5935

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Cookbook Fundraiser

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Recipes for Life is full of photos, quotes and stories about cooking, life, pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding. It has a glossary of cooking terms with a list of U.S. and metric cooking measurements. Each book is $25, and proceeds go to our doula program. Contact Ann Fulcher,, or 858-249-5935, for your copy.

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