Learn About Doulas

A doula is someone who provides non-medical support to women and their families during labour and childbirth, and also the postpartum period.


"My doula provided the massage, encouragement, and support I needed to have a medication-free birth and ensured that my son latched well and nursing was well established."

BCAAFC and First Nations Health Authority Grant

The BC Aboriginal Association of Friendship Centers (BCAAFC) and the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) are proud to offer expectant mothers and families who self-identify as Aboriginal to access doula services for prenatal, birth and postpartum supports in BC. The grant was initiated to provide doula support to First Nations/Aboriginal expectant families who would benefit from doula care. DONA International Certification or Doula Services Association (DSA) Membership on our Web Referral List (Experienced List) is required for preapproval. The DONA International Certification and DSA Web Referral List allow BCAAFC to determine that the doula agrees to a specific Scope of Practice and Code of Ethics.

The total amount of funded doula services per expectant family is up to $1000, and this is to be used for both postpartum doula services and birth doula services, as per the needs of the mother/family.

The families choose the right doula(s) for them. Families are welcome to self-refer to this program, and if families wish to be connected with a doula through the program the BCAAF will facilitate that as well. They can find a doula on their own, through the DONA International website or through the DSA website.

Once selected, the family and the doula apply for preapproval for the compensation for doula services. The doula and the family both apply and the preapproved doula keeps track of their services provided on the forms provided. After the family gives birth both the doula and the family submit their complete paperwork.

The Doula Services Association is not directly involved in the funding or approval processes. We are a method of finding a suitable doula. Our web referral list (Experienced list) requires the birth doula to provide birth stories, a criminal record check and observation of prenatal classes. A postpartum doula is required have a criminal record check, Child and Infant CPR and Breastfeeding support training. This is all outlined on our members’ section of our website.