------------------------ About Us - The Birth Doula Program ------------------------

Who we are

We serve clients delivering at The Scarborough Health Network and Markham Stouffville Hospitals. The Hospital Birth Doula Program concept was launched by Discover Birth in 2010. Through a collaboration with The Scarborough Hospital in the Greater Toronto Area, a team of 30 doulas came together to launch the first program of its kind in Ontario: a 24/7, 365 day-a-year non-volunteer-based birth doula program. Our team is comprised of many wonderful doulas who are here to make your birth a special and memorable day. They are all members of the Association of Ontario Doulas. Our Birth Doula Program doulas also have additional training in preparation for working on this special program. You can rest assured you are in good hands.

Our Doulas

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

Dr. John Kennell

Our Experience

Families Supported

Years in Operation

Doulas On Our Team

On-Call Hours/Day

Benefits from using a Doula

Help with relaxation

Comforting touch, positioning and other techniques

Increase satisfaction with your birth

Increase satisfaction with your birth

Decrease postpartum depression

Stay with you – no shift changes!

Birth Doulas:

  • Result in shorter labours with fewer complications

  • Reduces the need for Pitocin (a labour inducing drug with risks to mother and baby)

  • Reduces the need for forceps or vacuum extraction

  • Reduces the mother’s request for pain medication and/or epidurals

Where Did Doulas Come From?

In centuries past, a laboring person would have had a midwife for the medical role of delivering her baby. Furthermore she would have been surrounded by a large group of women: sisters, friends, neighbours, who would have acted as physical and emotional support to her. These were the first “doulas”. In the late 1970s Drs. Marshall Klaus and John Kennell accidentally discovered the modern day doula when they were doing research in Guatemala. They uncovered the amazing difference it made to have a sympathetic person near the labouring person. They went on to conduct randomized control trial on this support role and the results were dramatic: