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Doulas are professionals trained to care for families during pregnancy, birth and the early months of a baby’s life. They offer physical,  emotional, and informational support to help your family work toward the healthiest and most empowered experience of the childbearing year.


Open Circle is in the process of adapting it’s doula support program model.

The new program will become available to families in early 2019, and the website will be updated at that time.

If you are seeking doula support while we are making changes to our program, we encourage you to visit the webpage of the State’s largest professional association, Doulas of Rhode Island, to learn more about many doulas who practice in the state.

If you are a family hoping to find a reduced-rate for doula support due to limited financial resources, please feel free to contact us so that we can help refer you to doulas who are available to support reduced-fee births.

We wish your family well as you prepare for your baby’s arrival.

Thank you for your amazing support in bringing [our baby girl] into the world.  Your strength, guidance, knowledge and loving kindness made all the difference. We are so grateful for your support in realizing our dream of a VBAC for our second baby.  You will always hold an important place in our story – and in hers.

O + T, Providence



  • Increased sense of satisfaction with birth experience*
  • Increased breastfeeding success*
  • 28% fewer cesarean sections*
  • 34% fewer negative birth experience*
  • 9% drop in use of pain medication*
  • 31% less use of Pitocin*
  • 40 minute shorter labors*
  • Physically and Emotionally Healthier transition into Parenthood/Postpartum
  • Improved Bonding and Parenting Skills

*from Childbirth Connection, National Partnership for Women + Families and Choices in Childbirth 2016 brief on insurance coverage of Doula Care.


Birth doulas provide your family with physical and emotional support during pregnancy and birth, help you understand your choices, and help you learn how to advocate for yourself/selves and your baby.

Open Circle doulas support families in all types of births: medicated/epidural, un-medicated, cesarean and adoptive. We also support all types of families: heterosexual and same sex couples, teen mothers and single mothers by circumstance or choice, adoptive parents, families of color from within and without the US, and families of all traditions.

Birth doulas respect your family’s individual beliefs and needs. They work to understand and support your family’s particular vision of an empowered and healthy birth. This including helping you find information, practitioners and birth locations that are a good fit for your family.

Birth doulas provide referrals to other practitioners and specialists in the community to support any additional needs of your family during pregnancy, birth and the newborn stage.


Postpartum doulas work in your home to help your family adjust and thrive after your baby is born. They provide education to help families develop strategies and rhythms that support whole family health and mental-emotional wellbeing. Doulas may work daytime or nighttime hours, always with the goal of helping you develop skills and confidence in your ability to parent and care for your baby.  A doula is different from a baby nanny or babysitter (which can also be helpful during the postpartum time): a nanny or babysitter’s focus may be entirely on infant care to allow the parents to focus on other things (sleep, work, etc.). The doula’s focus is on providing the resources and education to help parents feel confident in their abilities to care for their babies, themselves and their family as a whole — gradually supporting a family’s independence from her help. The types of support offered depend on your family’s specific needs, and may include any of the areas listed below.

  • Infant Soothing, Feeding & Sleep Support
  • Organizational Support for a Newborn Household
  • Physical & Nutritional Support for New Parents
  • Emotional, Psychological & Social Support for All Family Members
  • Referrals to Community Professionals + Groups
  • Light household duties


We believe that receiving comprehensive support is the right of all families, and is core to supporting a healthy transition from birth into parenting and family life.  Open Circle Birth and Postpartum Doula fees are income-based and range from $150-$1200 for a birth package, and $15-$35 per hour for postpartum support.

Birth Packages include:

  • Three prenatal meetings
  • Unlimited daytime phone and email support
  • 24-hour on-call support from weeks 38-42
  • Continuous labor + birth support
  • Two postpartum meetings

Postpartum Doula Care is structured on an hourly or overnight basis (9-10 hours), with a minimum number of 4 hours per visit,  and no more than 24 consecutive hours*. 

*unless special arrangements have been made with a team of doulas

Thank you for everything you have done for us.  Your presence at [our baby’s] birth made everything go more smoothly.  As you know, I was somewhat terrified of having a c-section.  You created the space and time that both I and my family needed to feel more comfortable with the situation. We were all so glad to have you there, and I cannot overstate how incredibly much your massages helped me through labor!

I.H. Providence