Interested in volunteering as a doula? Check out UC Davis Medical Center's program

Doulas provide emotional support and pain interventions to help patients achieve their labor and delivery goals


UC Davis Medical Center is now accepting applications for its second group of volunteer doulas.

Volunteer doulas provide emotional support and non-pharmacologic pain interventions to help patients achieve their labor and delivery goals. The volunteer doula program is a free service to UC Davis patients. Each doula is dedicated to one patient in labor and provides 1:1 support. Patients can request a doula upon admission, based on first-come, first-served availability.

22 volunteer doulas stand on three different steps staring up
The first group of volunteer doulas began in August. 

Volunteer shifts are eight to 16 hours on average. Day and night shifts are available. Volunteer doulas will work in the University Birthing Suites.

Additional details about this opportunity:

  • No previous experience is necessary. Volunteers will take a two-day labor support class on Jan. 22 and Jan. 29, 2024, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and a unit orientation day, to learn the tools needed to help during labor and delivery.
  • The program starts in February with a minimum of a six-month commitment.
  • Minimum commitment of 24 hours per month.

Those interested in becoming a doula should complete this application by Nov. 25, 2023. For questions, please email