The Doulas of the Red River Valley are a cooperative of doulas serving Fargo-Moorhead, Grand Forks, and Wahpeton/Breckenridge. Our member doulas have a wide variety of skills, training, certifications, and experience, ensuring that there is a doula who is the perfect match for each family and each situation.
Labor & birth doula members of Doulas of the Red River Valley are committed to providing the services you need during your pregnancy and beyond. We are a non-profit cooperative serving clients in both North Dakota & Minnesota.
Our professional, independent childbirth educators are able to help prepare you for your best birth. A wide variety of classes are available including classes on weekends, group and individual classes. We offer a variety of styles and methods, there’s sure to be one that will be a great fit for you.
Placenta encapsulation is one way for a mother to consume her placenta after birth (also called placentophagy). Mothers and midwives report benefits that include decreased bleeding, improved mood and energy, and increased milk supply.
What is a doula?
A doula is a woman who provides critical support before, during and after childbirth. Unlike a doctor, midwife or nurse, she is not a medical practitioner. Instead, her job is to focus entirely on the non-clinical side of things. There are two kinds of doulas: birth and postpartum. Some women hire both, some just hire one, depending on individual needs.
During labor, birth doulas provide around-the-clock care, comfort measures such as breathing, relaxation, massage and positioning, and an objective, calm perspective. They also help educate families about their options during labor, guide partners to participate with confidence and at their own comfort levels, and serve as a liaison between the laboring mother and her medical professional.
Postpartum doulas, on the other hand, make life easier for the new mother and family in the first weeks after childbirth. In addition to providing emotional support, they offer advice on newborn care and infant feeding. They can also lend a hand with siblings, cooking, laundry and helping your household to feel more organized.