*Updates: links to Special Ops Doulas seem to no longer be working. I do still offer a limited number of low/no-cost volunteer births based on financial need and always offering a military discount to ALL service members. The number of volunteer births I can attend solely depends on the funds available in my "volunteer account" which is replenished by tips and donations (tho I am not a non-profit organization).
The Military Doula organizes volunteer birth and postpartum doula services through the Special Ops Doulas program. This program consists of professional doulas who have chosen to show their appreciation for the sacrifices military families make by freely volunteering a portion of their services to military families.
- Marie Lewis, The Military Doula
The Military Doula sums it up quite nicely in her recent blog: "Do Officers Deserve Volunteer Doula Services?" (*link removed. site no longer available*).
Special Ops Doulas do not volunteer because we have concerns about the finances of service members. We provide this service as a way to support those who are laboring while dealing with a spouse who must keep need to protect all American lives as their primary assignment. The reason we serve them is because they are willing to make the greatest sacrifice for us.
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