Doula Model of Care
6 Guiding Principles

Non-Medical Support:

Doulas refrain from performing any clinical or medicalized tasks.

Non-Judgmental Support:

The doula does not impose their values on the client such as acting on biases in favor of one method.


Family-centered approach:

The individual and their family form the unit of care. Doulas do not take the place of partners, family members or other care providers.

Holistic Care:

Doulas recognize the biopsychosocial and spiritual aspects of the whole person and provides services in the context of this understanding.


Doulas promote informed decision making and foster maximum self-determination for the individual and family.

Team Member:

Doulas are team players with a special role.