Maternal Health and Community Doula Programs, Student Doulas, and Hospital and OB/GYN Doula Programs
There are many wonderful doulas in northern NJ and we believe there exist a good client doula match for everyone and enjoy helping people find that match. There are many ways to find a doula and we are happy to help get you started.
For general referrals, there are many doula agencies cropping up that act as a referral for smaller groups of doulas (google "doula agency" + your county or town).
For a larger referral base, we recommend looking on DoulaMatch.net. For student doulas you can look on doulamatch and the profile will indicate if they in the process of earning their certification.
Word of mouth is always a great way too! We will keep you posted on a larger doula referral, just for northern NJ, currently being created by our doula colleagues.
There are several organizations offering doula services as part of a social service or a program for which may qualify or simply live in the right area. Here are the ones we know of:
Maternal Health & Community Doula Programs:
- The Partnership for Maternal & Child Health of Northern NJ offers The Community Health Worker (CHW), which is a program of Improving Pregnancy Outcomes (IPO) Initiative funded by New Jersey Department of Health. The Partnership operates CHW programs in Hudson, Union and Passaic Counties. The CHW can help prenatally and postpartum. They do not offer birth doula services.
- SPAN IPO Community Doula Project offers labor support, home visits pre and postpartum, education and referrals. The project targets the Essex County communities, Newark, Irvington, East Orange and Orange. To learn more about their doula services, pls email Rachel Ruel at email@example.com. (Pls note: The funding source for this project has recently changed, so they are temporarily on-hold accepting new clients).
- The Leaguers Head Start/ Early Head Start program services pregnant women and their families through weekly 90 minute home visits and bi-weekly group socialization events. They offer doula referrals. For more information see their Pregnant Services Program.
- Birth Haven offers shelter, support, and education for homeless, pregnant women and girls in Newton, NJ area. Their services include helping the mother obtain a doula (from doulas Birth Haven has existing relationships).
- To find a student doula in northern NJ, you can contact local DONA trainers- for example, Laura DePasquale and Dorothy Haines for DONA and Kimberleigh Weiss-Lewit for BAI and ask if they can please refer you to students (those are just a few trainer examples as there are many more). Also, you can ask in FB or WhatsApp mommmy groups and you can also inquire at NNJDoulaNet@gmail as we often get inquiries from student doulas seeking qualifying births.
Hospital & OB/GYN Programs:
- If you are lucky to live near Valley Ridgewood, you can take advantage of their hospital doula program. Also, Morristown Memorial Center has a couple of doulas on staff (we are awaiting verification if they are only for clinic patients). Rates and terms vary, so be sure to know what you are signing up for. Also, several OB/GYN & Midwifery offices have doulas on-staff, such as Wombkeepers in Montclair, and Integrative Obstretrics in Jersey City, and Midwives of NJ (the latter being a combined role of Midwife's Assistant/Doula/Photographer). A doula by definition is supposed to be working for the client and not the provider, so having your provider supply the doula poses a fundamental conflict. Also the staff doula might only meet you at the hospital, and not the home, so take care researching the right type of doula for your birth.
Good luck researching and finding your perfect doula!