Brattleboro Memorial Hospital is now providing doula services for pregnant moms through its Birthing Center.

BMH program coordinator Carol Schnabel says the Birthing Center currently has 14 women with doula training who have volunteered to be available as needed 24 hours a day, year-round. Families interested in learning more about using this service should contact Carol at 802-257-1894.

“This is a wonderful service provided to our pregnant moms,” says Schnabel. “A doula’s support is priceless during one of the most stressful times in a mother’s life.”

Doulas are women who have received training in providing emotional and informational support to women during the delivery of a child and just after they have given birth. Scientific trials have shown remarkably improved birth outcomes because of the presence of a doula. They also show a decreased amount of intervention and a higher number of mothers viewing their birth as a positive experience.

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital (BMH) has provided health care services for over a hundred years. A 61-bed community hospital located in Southeast Vermont, it serves a rural population of about 55,000 people in 22 towns in Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. The medical staff includes 137 board-certified physicians, both primary care and many specialists, and its 515 employees enjoy the help of over 150 active volunteers. BMH is accredited by the Joint Commission, the nation’s leading standards-setting and accrediting organization in health care.