Doula Services


Ohana Doulas Video: What Is a Doula?

Why Hire a Doula

Birth is by its nature a life-changing event.  Whether you are giving birth in a hospital, birth center, or at home, you will have skilled medical professionals such as nurses, midwives, and doctors who are focused on making sure you have a safe birth.  But many parents in labor find that no matter how much they have prepared or how many medical practitioners are present, it is reassuring to have a knowledgeable person at the birth who is accountable only to them.

Doulas are professionals trained in providing emotional, physical, and informational support during labor.  They are not responsible for the medical outcomes, but rather for supporting the laboring mother and her partner.   For moms birthing naturally, doulas work with the husband or partner to provide massage, heat/cold, aromatherapy, and positions that can help ease the pain of contractions and facilitate the progression of labor.  When the parents want to use medical interventions or when things don’t go exactly as planned (which they usually don’t!), doulas are there to help the couple understand and consider their choices in real time.

Having a doula has been shown in numerous studies to improve medical outcomes in birth, including:

  • 50% reduction in need for Cesarean delivery
  • 25% shorter labor
  • 60% fewer requests for epidural anesthesia
  • Nearly double the rate of successful breastfeeding

Why People Choose Ohana Doulas

We help you make the choices in birth that are right for you.  Every couple has different hopes for their birth.  Some want to experience a natural birth.  Others hire us because they plan to get an epidural or other medication and want a knowledgeable support person with them at all times during the labor.  For us, a successful birth is one in which the baby is healthy and the parents feel that they were supported and empowered to make the choices that were right for them throughout the process.

We partner with partners.  We see our role as supporting both the mother and her husband, partner, or other support people.  In our prenatal sessions, we explore the extent and ways in which the husband or partner wishes to be involved in the labor process.  In the birth room, we work side-by-side with partners to support the laboring mother together.  Dads and new grandparents give us reviews that are as glowing as the ones from their partners and daughters.

We are experienced.  We have been to a lot of births and seen many, many babies delivered.  We know from both training and experience what techniques tend to work to ease a particular kind of pain or to ease a particular anxiety. Jocelyn and Autumn are experienced in working with: first-time parents, parents who already have other children, women who have conceived through in vitro fertilization, Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC) clients, and many others.  We welcome families of all types, including gay and lesbian parents.  

Doula Package

Our doula package is coupled with concierge service before and after birth and includes:

  • Complimentary initial conversation via email, phone, or in person to discuss our services and determine whether we are the right fit for you
  • 1-2 comprehensive prenatal meeting(s) to discuss in depth your pregnancy history, birth preferences, and other information that will help prepare you for the birth and help us to provide the best support to you
  • Unlimited 24/7 phone and email consultation during your pregnancy from the time you hire us
  • Attendance at your labor and delivery, including emotional, physical, and informational support and attendance in your home if desired
  • Postpartum visit to help with breastfeeding, birth recovery, sleep issues, feeding, other questions
  • Breastfeeding counseling session conducted by Autumn, a Certified Lactation Counselor, for those who need added breastfeeding support
  • Unlimited 24/7 phone and email consultation after birth until your baby is 3 months old

Cost: The cost for our package is $1600.

Many Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) and Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) will cover all or part of Ohana doula services. We can provide you with an itemized receipt you can submit directly to your insurance carrier for reimbursement. In addition, we offer a sliding scale payment system based on income, so please contact us if you are interested in services and would like to discuss discounted pricing.

Service Area

We serve clients delivering at hospitals and birth centers in Seattle and on the Eastside including:


Swedish Medical Center – First Hill
747 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 386-6000

Swedish Medical Center – Ballard
5300 Tallman Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 782-2700

Swedish Medical Center – Issaquah
751 NE Blakely Dr, Issaquah, WA 98029
(425) 313-4000

UW Medical Center
1959 NE Pacific St, Seattle, WA 98195
(206) 598-3300

Overlake Hospital
1035 116th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98004
(425) 688-5000

Evergreen Medical Center
12040 NE 128th St, Kirkland, WA 98034
(425) 899-1000

Valley Medical Center
400 S 43rd St, Renton, WA 98055
(425) 228-3450

Birth Centers

Center for Birth
1500 Eastlake Ave E, Seattle, WA 98102
(206) 407-3397

Puget Sound Birth Center – Kirkland
13128 Totem Lake Blvd NE Ste 101, Kirkland, WA 98034
(425) 823-1919

Puget Sound Birth Center – Renton
4300 Talbot Rd S Ste 402, Renton, WA 98055
(425) 823-1919

Home Births

We serve clients delivering at home in Seattle or on the Eastside with a Licensed Midwife or Certified Nurse Midwife.

Client Reviews
"I have no doubt that Jocelyn Alt made my natural childbirth possible."
"I credit my successful VBAC [Vaginal Birth After Cesarean] at age 39 mostly to the support of Autumn and Jocelyn."
"Having Autumn there with me was an immeasurable gift. She was a deep well of quiet strength, experience, and knowledge."
"Having Jocelyn & Autumn on the team boosted our decision-making and confidence. Their knowledge & experience stands out."
"They were incredible at 'reading the room' and being able to tell how much or how little attention I was needing at the moment."
"Working with Jocelyn and Autumn was a pleasure. They were attentive, compassionate and engaged from the first time we reached out to them, to even now, weeks after the birth."
"Jocelyn has magic hands! My pain just seemed to melt away with her massages."
"It was so great to have been able to meet and work with two doulas."
"The thing I appreciated the most about having Jocelyn at my birth was her natural ability to put me at ease."
"I really can’t rave enough about how Jocelyn helped me help my wife."
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