General

what is a doula?

A doula is a caregiver, light worker, activist, resource and person who assists another person during pregnancy and who may provide additional support to the family, whatever the outcome is of pregnancy.

Doulas strive to provide safe, inclusive, accessible reproductive health support for every member of their community.

who is full-spectrum doula work for?

This support and work are for folks of all races, genders, sexualities, income levels, immigration statuses, and ages – especially those who are systematically excluded from conversations about pregnancy.

how do you do full-spectrum doula work?

Expanding beyond birth work and focusing on every outcome of pregnancy by ultimately listening to, validating, and unconditionally supporting the wants and needs of those we work with.

And centering the doulas of color and queer/trans doulas in our project.

who are you?

We are doulas trained by Ancient Song, toLabor, DONA, and other training programs.

We are POC, parents, students, farmers, teachers, caretakers, massage therapists, activists, accomplices, people who use herbs medicinally, people who have had abortions and miscarriages, LGBTQIA+, and more.

what are some roles you do not fill or replace?

We do not fill or replace the roles of midwives, doctors, nurses, housekeepers, psychiatrists, licensed herbalists, lactation specialists, social workers, and partners.

what are some examples of things doulas do?

Doulas can suggest and practice comfort measures with pregnant people.

Doulas can provide support after birth for parents and partners.

Doulas can be present with clients anywhere: coffee shops, hospitals, clinics, birth centers, home, etc.

Doulas can provide physical support and comfort, and can teach parents and partners how to practice them at home.

Doulas can sometimes provide transportation.

Doulas can provide resources and can recommend specialists for issues outside of our work.

what does it mean to center poc, lgbtqi, and other underserved communities?

The Richmond Doula Project is made up of people from many races, cultures, gender expressions and life experiences. We value all voices and there are opportunities for all members to participate in our mission.

We also know our country, our city, and the reproductive healthcare system have — in the past and present — ignored and oppressed certain communities. When we say that we center these communities, we are saying we are committed to having folks from these communities present in our collective, heard in our collective, and engaging in the work of our collective.

What if I am a white person or a cis-gendered person?

Welcome! There is always space at the table for all those who are interested in supporting the work of the Richmond Doula Project. The way in which you can best support RDP may look different at different times.

At times we may be looking to provide more opportunities for POC or LBGTQI doulas to engage in certain roles. That said, there is plenty of work to be done, and as a collective, we are constantly communicating with each other about how we can best work together.

For Pregnant Folks

can i request a richmond doula project doula?

Yes! There are no qualifications or requirements for folks who are interested in doula services. If you're interested, you have everything you need to reach out to us.

how much does a doula cost?

In general, doulas can cost as low as $500 or as much as $1000. Our doulas are committed to provide the best quality of care that we can for whatever price our clients can afford, and that includes providing services for free. Reach out to us. We'll have a conversation.

how do i get matched with a doula?

Here's what you can expect the matching process to be like:

Step One
Request a doula by filling out our Client Interest Form

Step Two
A Richmond Doula Project member will connect with you via email or phone to confirm your request has been received

Step Three
An available doula will call you to let you know you've been matched and set up a time to meet you!

For Donors

where does my money go?

To date, The Richmond Doula Project has spent money on training (ex. bringing Ancient Song Doula Training to Richmond), educational materials (ex. resources we provide to clients), and marketing materials (ex. this website and zines). 

Our vision is to be able to pay our doulas for their time and services, and continue to train and equip doulas for excellent work – through a fund we sustain, largely through donations from generous folks like you.

how else can i support other than a donation?

If you'd like to help us find financial support beyond your donation, consider hosting an event in your home or community that invites others to learn about us and donate.

Know of a grant we could apply to? Let us know about that, too!

Or you can partner with us!

For Partners

how can i partner with the richmond doula project?

Do you provide a service that you would be interested in donating through the Richmond Doula Project?

Maybe you're a:

chiropractor • massage therapist • postpartum doula • acupuncturist • acupressure specialist • placenta encapsulation specialist • maternity photographer • birth photographer • other

Connect with us about donating your services and you'll get listed on our website as a partner, and we'll send you this beautiful badge to share with the world that you support reproductive justice in Richmond, VA!

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For Doulas

how can i join the richmond doula project?

Step One
Apply by filling out our Volunteer Interest Form

Step Two
A Richmond Doula Project member will connect with you via email or phone to confirm your application has been received and chat about who we are, our values, our mission, and our vision.

Step Three
You'll be invited to a meeting that goes into more depth about our values and what it means to do this work in our community. We'll talk about how we support each other through various kinds of challenges and what makes our collective unique.

Step Four
If all is aligned, we'll walk alongside you as you get your training, or if you're already trained – get you in the mix!

how can i support the richmond doula project as a nonmember?

There are many ways that you can support us and different methods will fit best for different folks.

Interested in offering services? Maybe you can support us when we have more people interested than doulas available, or provide back-up support. Interested in offering financial support? Maybe you can build a $$ donation into one of your doula packages for your clients.

Let us know you're interested in partnering with us through our Contact Form. Let's get to know each other and have a conversation!

what does it mean to center poc, lgbtqi, and other underserved communities?

The Richmond Doula Project is made up of people from many races, cultures, gender expressions and life experiences. We value all voices and there are opportunities for all members to participate in our mission.

We also know our country, our city, and the reproductive healthcare system have — in the past and present — ignored and oppressed certain communities. When we say that we center these communities, we are saying we are committed to having folks from these communities present in our collective, heard in our collective, and engaging in the work of our collective.

What if I am a white person or a cis-gendered person?

Welcome! There is always space at the table for all those who are interested in supporting the work of the Richmond Doula Project. The way in which you can best support RDP may look different at different times.

At times we may be looking to provide more opportunities for POC or LBGTQI doulas to engage in certain roles. That said, there is plenty of work to be done, and as a collective, we are constantly communicating with each other about how we can best work together.