Pacific Association of Labor Support | Supporting the Professional Doula since 1989
PALS Doulas is a 501(c)6 volunteer-led organization seeking candidates to serve on the 2020-2022 PALS Board of Directors. This is a FUN, ACTIVE, ENERGETIC group of individuals dedicated to changing the cultural norms for certification, the doula profession, and moving PALS forward as an inclusive, anti-racist organization.
PALS is actively working to shift the emphasis of certification as a measure of experience to a community norm that embraces the heart of the work done by doulas, creates community, and a representative voice as a professional organization.
You can view our current Mission, Vision, and Values: https://palsdoulas.org/about-pals/
Nominate individuals here through 9/30/2020: https://forms.gle/AYHvppHRTRfDzJmb9
The jury has been back on the positive impact of doulas on birth satisfaction and improved outcomes for 30+ years. From research articles, scholarly reviews, recommendations from ACOG (American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists) as well current pregnancy and parent magazines, doulas are here to stay. Check out what they have to say.
PALS is the original doula organization dedicated to the development of the professional doula. Our goal is to doula you on your professional path and connect you with a rich and diverse community for ongoing support and skill development.
For other birth professionals, being a PALS Doula means community, development, and accountability to our organizational guidelines.
PALS Doulas (formerly the Pacific Association of Labor Support) have been supporting birthing families in the community since 1989. We continue that tradition by connecting you with our many available certified and certifying doulas.
All doulas listed on this website are members in good standing with current, active certification or pursing certification with PALS Doulas.
“While the doula probably knows more than the partner about birth, hospitals and maternity care, the partner knows more about the birthing person’s personality, likes, dislikes and needs. Moreover, the partner loves the birthing person more than anyone else there. The combination of partner and doula, along with a caring staff gives the birthing person the best chance of an optimal outcome.”
-Penny Simkin, author of The Birth Partner
Request a Doula
Are you looking for a doula? Click here to complete a simple form and we will send available PALS Doulas name and contact information to YOU
We’ve been connecting and supporting doulas for 30 years. We are here to answer your questions. help you find the right training for you, and assist you in certifying.
We are committed to removing barriers to and increasing accessibility to membership and certification with PALS Doulas for ALL Doulas in Washington State regardless of training organizations; as such we offer a variety of full and partial scholarships. Click below to apply or to donate in support of PALS Doulas. As a 501(c)6 organization we are sustained through the support of our members (via membership and certification fees) and generous support of community members.
“Only with trust, faith, and support can the birthing person allow the birth experience to enlighten and empower them. Thier strongest feelings [in terms of their birthings], positive and negative, focus on the way they were treated by their caregivers.”
-Penny Simkin and Annie Kennedy, PALS Founders
We’re committed to providing a safe place for everyone to grow, birth, and find their best health. By caring for you and your family we strive to help prepare you for the transition to parenthood and the new addition to your family.
All people and families are welcome. We’d be honored to be a part of your journey.
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