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Full Circle Family Doula Program

Formally Trained Doulas:

This program provides a variety of supports to childbearing-aged mothers and their families living in PEI. Our volunteer doulas are formally trained through DONA International and/ or CAPPA to provide continuous physical, emotional and informational support to a mother and partner before, during and after childbirth (and beyond) to help them achieve the healthiest, most satisfying birth and parenting experience possible.

 

The services available through the Full Circle Family Doula Program include support through trained:

  • Birth Doulas

  • Postpartum Doulas, &

  • Parenting Support Doulas 
     

Sliding Scale Fee Structure - up to 100% subsidy!:

Our extremely popular Full Circle Family Doula Program is being offered free of charge or at a discounted rate to anyone who qualifies based on a sliding scale of fees. During Covid, many families qualify for 70% to 100% subsidy! As part of the intake interview we will determine the level of subsidy you qualify for – this only takes a couple of minutes. We also consider extenuating circumstances to determine the subsidized rate. 

Our Motto:

A doula for every family who wants one.

 

We have formally trained Birth, Postpartum and Family Support Doulas:

We are able to offer both in-person and virtual support to ensure that you and your partner/ support person experience and are supported to have the most positive birth, postpartum and parenting outcomes possible. 

Research on Doula Support:

You may be interested to know that there is a significant body of research demonstrating that birthing people and their partners/ support persons experience enhanced benefits and outcomes with the support of a trained doula.

 

Birth Doula Maternal Benefits:

Doulas improve maternal outcomes. Birthing people who receive continuous support from a trained professional doula during labor and birth have a:

~ 39% decrease in the risk of Caesarean

~ 15% increase in the likelihood of normal vaginal birth without induction or augmentation (fewer inductions, less Pitocin, AND fewer assisted deliveries)

~ 10% decrease in the use of pain relief medications

~ Shorter labors by 40 minutes

~ 31% decrease in the risk of a negative birth experience

~ Reduced risk of postpartum mood disorders including depression & anxiety

Source

https://evidencebasedbirth.com/the-evidence-for-doulas/

 

In fact, doulas improve outcomes so much that pioneering doula researcher and professor of pediatrics Dr. John H. Kennell once said,

“If a doula were a drug, it would be unethical not to use it.”
 

Full Circle Family Doulas

(Birth, Postpartum & Parenting Support):  

  • Laura Quinn Graham (Program Director)

  • Abby Simpson

  • Andrea VanWiechen

  • Brittany Caseley

  • Charlotte Gallison

  • Erynn Cormier

  • Holly Amos

  • Jeanne Clements

  • Melinda Briell

  • Mikayla Simmons

  • Qeturah Baglole

  • Rebecca Knauff

  • Sarah Macleod

  • Saralyn Williams

  • Shannon Nicks

  • Susan Kirsch

More Information

If you are interested in learning more or registering in any of these programs please contact the centre at familyplace@eastlink.ca, drop in at Family Place 75 Central Street in Summerside or phone (902) 436-1348. 

Registered Charity

As a registered charity, we do welcome donations if you are able and so inclined. This helps us to ensure that our programs and services remain both high quality and free/subsidized. We REALLY appreciate your support. Click the Canada Helps icon to donate:

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