We got the doula movement started.

Welcome to Boston Doula Circle!  Our founding members helped launch the national and local doula movements over 20 years ago.  We're here to support your family during pregnancy, birth, postpartum, and lactation. 

As Maternal and Child Health professionals, we’ve collectively served thousands of new parents of widely diverse ethnicities, national origins, religions and belief systems, family structures, sexual and gender identities, and ages.  We're excited to get to know you!

Meet Our Doulas

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We wrote the book on doulas.

Boston Doula Circle's director, Ananda Lowe, is co-author of The Doula Guide to Birth, the most comprehensive book about doulas and preparing for childbirth in the 21st century.  Available directly from Penguin Random House, or ask for it at any bookstore or library!

Our Approach

Boston Doula Circle is a pioneer of the "Doula Team Model" for birth doulas.

What does working in a team model mean?

The older model for birth doulas is working alone, in solo practice. An emerging alternative is the team model, where a small group of birth doulas work together with the same clients and share an on-call schedule.

Are there advantages to a group that uses a team model?

Collective wisdom -- The doulas in our group possess a much broader skill set together than we could alone.  We share this collective wisdom with each other and with you!

No need for backup -- In solo practice, doulas need to find back-up -- sometimes at the last minute -- in cases of emergency, illness or conflicting births. In a group model, this isn't necessary. You will always have a doula you know, who knows you!

Always an energized doula -- It's perfectly normal for birth to last 24 to 48 hours or more.  Eventually you may get tired, and so may your doula! In a team model, you would instead get a well-rested doula bringing a new burst of energy to your birthing space.

Who are we?

The doulas in our group include:

  • Mothers 

  • A yoga instructor

  • A massage therapist

  • A public school teacher

  • A nurse

  • An author

  • Certified Lactation Counselors

  • A practitioner of ecstatic birth

Do you have other questions about our group, or what a team model is and whether it may be right for you?  Contact us to learn more!


What We Offer


Events and Classes

Boston Doula Circle Presents:
Walk & Talk
with Lactation Specialist Jenna Howe

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Join us for Sunday walks along Memorial Drive

Meeting at Charles Hotel at 1pm. 
Pregnant and New Parents welcome

Meet other parents and get lactation and new parent support

October 2
October 16

October 30 Join us at the Somerville Street Fair!

November 13
November 27


Latest News

Watch an interview with BDC doula Ananda Lowe on WGBH!

Our team is fully vaccinated and we have continually updated our health and safety protocols throughout COVID-19.  

Click here for more information about our Covid precautions!