Comfort in Labor by Penny Simkin, the internationally recognized leader in childbirth education and labor support. This helpful guide includes comfort measures, effective positions (with illustrations) and tips for partners and doulas.
The Doula Guide to Birth (2009), by Ananda Lowe and Rachel Zimmerman, describes what doulas do, how each woman can find a doula that suits her needs and preferences and the ways to support women during and after birth.
Childbirth International’s Find a Doula service allows you to search for doulas as well as childbirth educators, breastfeeding support, birth/newborn photographers and more.
Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association’s Find a Childbirth Professional online directory lists CAPPA members who choose to be listed. You can also call the toll-free number (888-548-3672) or contact email@example.com to get referrals for doulas not listed in the online directory.
DONA International’s Find a Doula function (look for the search box on the far left side) is an online directory of DONA-certified doulas who choose to be listed online. You can also contact firstname.lastname@example.org to get names of doulas who are not included in the online directory.
Doula Match lets you search for doulas and childbirth classes.
toLabor provides an online directory of certified professional birth doulas.
This list of volunteer doula programs can connect you with hospital- and community-based programs that match volunteer doulas with women who cannot afford to pay for private doula services.
Comfort Measures for Childbirth, a 91-minute DVD, covers basic relaxation and rhythmic breathing; comfort measures, devices and positions; techniques to help with back pain and labor progress; and positions and techniques for pushing and birth.