Doulas of Chicago - Planning for childbirth

Services in a nutshell

ALSO OFFERING VIRTUAL BIRTH DOULA SERVICES. Doulas of Chicago offers boutique doula services for Chicago families looking to enhance their birth and 1st year parenting experiences.  We can’t wait to help you turn your home into a haven. ​

More about us

We are extending new services to Chicago families in light of our changing world, and are happy to extend hope, resilient optimism, and unwavering support in new ways.  

Chicago hospitals have rapidly changed their visitor policies in light of COVID-19, and that has left many families feeling anxious.

​What will labor look like?
Who will be allowed in to support you?

For families who planned on several people offering care during labor, or in making their birth a community celebration, these new policy come as a shock.

We are feeling this shock with you!  AND there are still ways to have care, support, and resources an in person doula would typically provide.


Work with a knowledgable doula to create a birth plan specific to you. As hospital policies change rapidly, certain considerations can be discussed to align your expectations and hopes for the last hours of pregnancy, and the first hours of parenthood.

  • Zoom Video Conference to cover options and goals
  • Prepare for what the current hospital labor room will look and feel with COVID-19 concerns
  • Learn to advocate for yourself when support persons are limited
  • Have specific language that can be used to create a clearly understood and collaborative birth environment
  • Leave with specific birth plan for your labor and 1st-hour with your baby
  • General Q & A to address other questions

Work with a team of two doulas for support through pregnancy. Ask questions, vent concerns, share hesitations, or plan productively – all are a part of the support.

Texting and phone support during reasonable daytime hours through pregnancy and leading up to labor.

Our doulas are trained in judgement-free support, and are skilled in asking questions which root to finding the most important needs and wants for your birth experience. Use this care to sort through the “hows” and “whys” of your future parenting philosophy, and process interactions that cause stress or additional anxiety along the way.

Your virtual doula is a personal resource for direct support when we can’t be together as a community for in-person care.


  • This is just for partners! 

    You’ll get support for yourself and get insight into the laboring person’s psyche to focus on main ways to support the most important person at this most important time.

    • Plan for 20 of instruction, and 20 minutes of Q & A.
    • Agenda for call, packing list for hospital, and some specific phrases that may be helpful during labor and pushing
    • Package takes place over Zoom Video Conferencing
    • Deliverables sent by email
    • Meeting scheduled to fit your availability
    • Taught by DOC Owner, Ariel Swift
Birth Doula Services

We support people who are giving birth in Chicago’s hospitals and birth centers with OBGYNs and Certified Nurse Midwives. We support vaginal birth, planned cesarean birth, families with goals of VBACs and vaginal birth of multiples, and any number of scenarios in-between.

We value the ​relationship you’ve built with your medical providers, and do all we can to increase communication, satisfaction, and community with the people you have selected to participate in your birth.

One of the skills doulas bring to a birth room is the ability to protect nuance.  The hospital staff get to see babies be born everyday!  And that experience is part of the reason you are there.  But this is YOUR baby.  A unique individual who deserves to be seen and treated as carefully and mindfully as possibly.

Your doula sees you, and they see the reality of the hospital setting.  Being able to balance the needs of both means your needs are never overlooked while also taking advantage of delivering in a place that can be ready at a moment’s notice if any emergency arises.

We look forward to supporting your birth and your goals of how you wish to meet your child. Depending if you are requesting care in the city or suburbs, our doula teams range from $900-1500.

Our team


All of the doulas who are affiliates are trained through organizations that have met the widely recognized standard for in-person trainings.  All the doulas have training in the following areas, and beyond:

  • Hands-on doula skills
  • The stages and phases of vaginal childbirth
  • Understanding and knowledge of birth by cesarean and how to support families who give birth with this method
  • Medical and non-medical methods of pain management
  • Signs and symptoms of labor progress, and tools and skills that can be used during each
  • Methods and processes that are typical for birth in a hospital setting, and communication

While we do not request a specific training organization, here is part of the process our doulas have met:

  • They must take an in-person workshop from an approved training organization
  • They must have infant CPR certification and liability insurance up-to-date
  • They must pass a background check
  • They must demonstrate basic and advanced knowledge of the process of birth and recovery, as well as demonstrating knowledge of the many topics and products that could be discussed by a new parent
  • They must be committed to continuing education
  • They must align with our values to work collaboratively with medical professionals
  • They must have sound business practices and show they are interested in leaving our profession better than they found it
  • They must have client referrals that are willing to discuss their experiences.  Should a doula be new to this field and not have client experiences to share, character references are required.
  • They also undergo scenario conversations to help develop skills and language which gives support without showing judgment, offer advice only when it is requested or is made specifically known to be given, and to grow in their ability to see opportunities for improvement through mindfulness, values exploration, and goal setting.

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