If 2020 taught us nothing else, we know that we must be able to immediately justify our relevance and importance on the maternity care team.  One of the best ways to do that is to demonstrate how often PALS certified doulas support families in all birth locations:  hospitals, birth centers and at home.  That’s where you come in.   Client birth data will be collected for every client attended by every PALS certified birth doula between Oct 1 & Sept 30 every year.   PALS leadership will use this data to foster relationships and build bridges with hospitals, consumers, medical care givers and government funding entities. When we can show our relevance and importance, we reduce barriers and increase accessibility for doula support for more clients in more birth locations.  Thank you for answering six (6) simple questions after every client birth using this link: https://forms.gle/nQoge4g6Q3K45EPV7 .   Your participation matters and is a requirement for recertification.

When we are able to account for the numbers that accurately reflect local attendance vs the national average, we can better advocate for not only PALS Doulas, but for professional consideration for all doulas in our area. A 2019 NYT article referenced that in a survey published in 2013, 6 percent of the 2,400 American mothers polled reported having used a doula between 2011 and 2012 (up from 3 percent in 2005). Later that same year, the California Listening to Mothers survey reported a double (15% reported using a doula for labor support) in that number of it’s 2,400 respondents. Using those average, if we were able to report that doulas attended 15% of the 44,810 reported in Pierce, King and Snohomish Counties for 2019, doulas would have been present at 6,721 births! Maybe it is more, maybe it is less, but we need your help to find our numbers.