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Doula Services

What is a Doula?

Doulas are trained, non-medical companions who provide emotional and physical care (including relaxation and stress management techniques) and information to their clients as needed during their visit and care at PPAZ. They focus on the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health of our clients, connecting with patients to ease discomfort and encourage confidence and well-being.

Fun Fact: The word doula comes from the Greek word doulē, which translates to female helper.


About the PPAZ Doula Program:

The PPAZ Doula Program was designed to support patients through their abortion experience, as well as those experiencing miscarriage or fetal loss, patients currently going through gender affirming hormone therapy, or patients in need of extra support during family planning or gynecological procedures 

We offer free doula services to all patients visiting Planned Parenthood's Arizona health centers, upon patient request, for a number of different services. This program is staffed by dedicated volunteers and is managed by PPAZ staff who volunteer their time to train the doulas and manage the program.  

What can a doula do for me?

Doulas offer calming companionship, a listening ear, and may offer touch or positioning recommendations if appropriate and desired by the patient. Doulas also provide education, reassurance, and act as an advocate for the patient's health and well-being. 

If you need more information, email us at [email protected].

Did you know?

96% of patients who receive abortion doula services recommend that it be routinely offered.

72% of patients who did not receive doula support would have liked to have had it.

Patient Testimonials - Doula Services

"Sitting in that chair, I was ready to cry. Her just talking to me helped me and all of my emotions go away. She was very sweet and helpful."

Kristin D. - Patient at Southern Arizona Regional Health Center

"I have never felt so safe in an environment before and y'all really do a great job.  From the bottom of my heart, thank you."

Ashley R. - Patient at Southern Arizona Regional Health Center

"Made me feel comfortable. She was friendly and made the process more relaxed. Also I didn't feel judged. It felt like I had a friend with me."

Angie T. -  Patient at Southern Arizona Regional Health Center

Why Become a doula?

  1. You can support your community.
  2. We will train you for free!  Training outside of PPAZ costs between $300-$1500 for a certification course. 
  3. You can be an advocate for patients. 

We are currently recruiting for doulas to support all seven of our health centers. The February 2024 training will occur Saturday February 10th and Sunday February 11th.  

All are welcome to apply. Our goal is to have volunteers who are representative of the diversity in our local communities. We are also seeking volunteers with experience in crisis management and counseling. Spanish-speaking volunteers are highly encouraged to apply.