As doulas, one of the things we hear most often from our families is, “I don’t know how I could have done this without you!”. This is something we appreciate and and we love that they see the value of having a doula with them throughout their pregnancy, birth, and postpartum period.
As insurance doesn’t cover this much needed service, Doula services are often just for those privileged enough to pay for it.
In Austin, we are lucky enough to have some amazing local organizations that provide NO COST birth and postpartum support for anyone in need, including those who are incarcerated.
If you appreciate your doula support and want to find a way to give back, we highly recommend giving to Giving Austin Labor Support (GALS), Mama Sana Vibrant Woman, or Pregnancy and Postpartum Alliance (PPHA). These organizations are volunteer based and are doing huge things to bridge the gap and provide support to anyone who needs it.
Giving Austin Labor Support (GALS) is an organization of dedicated volunteers who provide emotional, physical and informational support to those who are under-supported through their birth experience in order to improve birth outcomes and empower women and their families.
Mama Sana Vibrant Woman is a community organization that works to facilitate access to culturally appropriate and quality, prenatal and postnatal care for women of color in Austin and Travis County.
The Pregnancy and Postpartum Health Alliance (PPHA) is a volunteer driven non-profit dedicated to increasing support for families struggling with Perinatal Mood or Anxiety Disorders (PMADs) (including depression, anxiety, OCD and psychosis) in Central Texas. Our main initiatives include building alliances in the community, maintaining a website with links to vital resources, providing a database of local providers who have demonstrated expertise in treating PMDs, and offering three programs that provide direct services.