Educating undergraduate nursing students as birth companions

Elizabeth T. Jordan, Shirley E. Van Zandt, Michele Oseroff

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Birth companions, or doulas, are labor attendants who are taught to provide emotional support to the laboring woman and hands-on skills that help reduce pain and enhance labor progress. Students in this baccalaureate nursing program may take an elective course that combines theoretical and experiential components of the Doulas of North America certification requirements. Following the didactic portion of the course, they may participate as doulas in community settings and receive a stipend for their services. They conduct prenatal and postpartal visits with assigned clients and provide intrapartal care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)89-91
Number of pages3
JournalNursing and health care perspectives
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1 2001


  • Birth Companions
  • Community Care
  • Doula
  • Labor Support
  • Undergraduate Nursing Elective

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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