Chicago Volunteer Doulas - New Mother / New Baby Care

Services in a nutshell

Chicago Volunteer Doulas provide low-cost postpartum doulas to low-income families or people who fall into a vulnerable community category.

More about us

A postpartum doula provides evidenced-based information on things such as infant feeding, emotional and physical recovery from birth, parental bonding with baby, infant soothing, and basic newborn care.

A postpartum doula is there to help a new family in those first days and weeks after bringing home a new baby. Research shows that parents and babies have an easier time with this transition if a good support team is in place.


CVD will provide around 20 hours of postpartum care within the first 12 weeks after a birth.  Services offered will be support with infant feeding, light housework, baby care basics, light meal prep, and postpartum self-care.

Part of our practice is based on the “5 Protective Factors”

  • Parental resilience.
  • Social connections.
  • Knowledge of parenting and child development.
  • Concrete support in times of need.
  • Social and emotional competence of children.
  • Come into your home and provide support based on individual family needs. This can be at any time – day or night/overnight
  • Have necessary resources/documents
  • Provide information/education for postpartum recovery, infant/feeding, baby care and safe sleep
  • Share community resource information
  • Be clean and practice good hygiene

CVD asks for a payment of $100 to receive around 20 hours of care. This can be paid in installments. If this fee is not doable we are happy to speak with you about your options.


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Our Team


A Chicago Volunteer Doula is a labor support professional who has chosen to commit time and energy to helping pregnant people and their families in Chicago. Our doulas come from a variety of backgrounds. They are social workers, childcare workers, cab drivers, community organizers, accountants, stay-at-home moms, midwifery students, artists, activists, nurses, lawyers, teachers, yoga instructors and massage therapists.

Our doulas celebrate different racial, ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds and some are fluent in Spanish, Russian and Polish to name a few. CVD doulas include women, men and gender non-conforming or trans people, as well as members of both straight and LGBTQI communities. Some of our doulas have disabilities. No matter their background ALL of our doulas are committed to provide the best doula support to the clients they serve. If you feel you would not be comfortable receiving services from a doula who may not be from the same community as you or may have a different background we will be happy to refer you to a community based doula program or get you a list of private doulas.

All of our doulas have been trained by an accredited organization and many are certified.  Some of our doulas are new to the profession while many have been supporting mothers in childbirth for years.  Each doula has been interviewed by our administrators to ensure that they support our mission, have the necessary skills and are committed to our mission and the families we serve.


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