Pregnancy

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

 

Celeste LeMieux

Celebrate

The birth of your baby is cause for celebration. What would it be like if labor and birth could be pleasurable?

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Ananda Lowe

Advocate

My passion is helping you find your voice during the peak life experiences of birth and new parenthood.

Kerri Babish

Kindred

I love making connections with birthing families of all types and structures, because everyone deserves a birth that makes them feel respected, supported and heard!

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Jenna Howe

Respect

It is important to me to help families experience their ideal birth where they feel in control and supported in all of their decisions.

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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."

What does working in a team model mean?

The older model for doulas is working alone, in solo practice. An emerging alternative is the team model, where a small group of 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

  • An author

  • A Certified Lactation Counselor

  • Spinning Babies practitioners

  • Hypnobirthing practitioners

  • A Lamaze instructor

  • 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

 

Accolades

 

"Dena was an absolute pleasure and blessing to work with.  This was our 5th child and me as the husband and coach still have no idea of how I can really help my poor wife when she's in such pain.  Dena helped my wife and I through the process.  She communicated well with the nurses and doctors and gave us the confidence we needed to have a beautiful delivery. This is the first time my wife delivered without an epideral and I believe it was in large part to Dena's help.  Thank you Dena!  I can highly recommend her. "

Daniel

Mentoring Doulas

Are you considering becoming a doula and want to "try it out?
Do you know you want to be a doula?
Are you a doula and want to take your doula practice to the next level?

Boston Doula Circle LLC Mentoring program is here for you. You are not alone!

 
 

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!