Northeast Florida Doula Collective

The NEFHSC offers doula training and is working to expand our network of trained professionals. If you have a passion for assisting women on their childbirth journey, becoming a doula may be right for you. We’ll be offering training throughout the year and hope to announce our next opportunity soon.  The process includes submission of an application, a one-hour virtual information session, followed by an interview for those who meet the criteria.

Those selected for the workshop will be asked to consent to a level II background check and will be notified about the training schedule shortly thereafter. Training is currently supported by Sunshine Health and G.R.O.W. Doula and consists of two and a half days of instruction; classes are typically held at one of our sponsor’s office locations in Jacksonville (all details will be shared with class participants ahead of time).

The Benefits of Doulas

Doulas are non-medical trained professionals who assist women before, during and after childbirth. Using a doula can offer various benefits for expectant mothers and their families. It’s important to note that the benefits of using a doula can vary from person to person, and individual experiences may differ. The presence of a doula is intended to complement the care provided by medical professionals and contribute to a more holistic and supportive birthing experience.

Key advantages include:

  • Emotional support: Doulas provide continuous emotional support throughout labor and childbirth, offering reassurance, encouragement and comfort. Their presence helps create a supportive and calming environment.
  • Informational support & education:  Doulas often educate expectant parents about the birthing process, various interventions and available options. This knowledge empowers parents to make informed decisions during labor.
  • Advocacy: Doulas can assist in communication between the expectant family and medical professionals, ensuring that the parents’ preferences and concerns are effectively conveyed.
  • Reduced intervention Rates: Studies suggest that the presence of a doula can contribute to a reduction in the rate of cesarean sections and other medical interventions.
  • Pain management:  Doulas are trained in various comfort measures, such as massage, breathing techniques and positioning to help manage pain during labor. Their support complements that of medical professionals.
  • Shorter labors: Some research indicates that having a doula may be associated with shorter labor durations. This could be attributed to the emotional and physical support they provide.
  • Postpartum support: Doulas can help with the initial bonding and breastfeeding process, offering guidance and support during the postpartum period.
  • Partner involvement: Doulas support and involve partners, helping them participate actively in the birthing process. This can enhance the overall experience for both parents.
  • Improved satisfaction: The continuous support of a doula often leads to a more positive and satisfying birth experience, even in cases where unexpected challenges arise.
  • Flexibility: Doulas adapt to the specific needs and preferences of the expectant family, providing personalized care that may not be as feasible in a busy hospital setting.

If you would like more information about the benefits of doulas, help finding a doula or have questions about doula training, please contact Shelby Salter at 904.884.3834 or