Doula Program

UCP’s Doula Services are for expectant mothers in Hillsborough County who are high risk for problem pregnancies.

The word “doula” comes from the ancient Greek meaning “a woman who serves” and is now used to refer to the trained and experienced professionals who provide continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to the mother before, during, and after her birth. Our doulas also provide emotional and informational support to the mothers up to six months following their delivery.

Studies have shown that when a doula attends a birth, labors are shorter with fewer complications, babies are healthier, and they breastfeed more easily.

Doulas do not provide medical care or advice. Rather, they provide support and information on such topics as pre-natal care, breast feeding, mother-infant bonding and postnatal care. Please call your physician for answers to medical questions or concerns.

Outcomes include:

  • Greater willingness to be screened for post partum depression
  • Improved mother and baby health outcomes
  • Increased willingness to breast feed
  • Greater utilization of and satisfaction with perinatal health services.

Our Doula program is funded primarily through the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County. Private pay doula services are also available.

For more information on UCP’s Doula Program, please email Ankita Patel, or call


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The Doula Program serves over 550 expectant women per year. These services made a  made a life changing difference in the life of a 15 year old mother who “felt like a child herself”…click here to read full story.

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