In 2015, when Maria was presented with the opportunity to create a volunteer doula program at Balboa Hospital, the word yes was spoken very quickly. As a doula and a Navy spouse, she knew the timing was right and that she was the person to do it. Her 25 years as a doula had been spent as a volunteer for underserved families. Her dream was to bring doula support to families who needed it but who could not afford to hire a doula. She has served teens, low-income families, immigrants, refugee communities, and military families. She believes that doula support should not only be available to the financially fortunate. She is joined by a group of fellow doulas who are just as passionate about birth support as she is.
Maria ProvencherBirth Doula, Childbirth Education, Postpartum Doula
WHAT DOES OPERATION DOULA PROVIDE?
Operation Doula provides doula support as an option for any family delivering at Balboa Hospital in San Diego on an as available basis once a mom is admitted and in active labor. The doulas within the network are trained by a national or internationally recognized organization. The birth professionals listed have endorsed the Military Birth Resource Network’s Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice and adhere to the guidelines set forth by Operation Doula for volunteers. These professionals endorse our goal to make a positive difference for pregnant women, new mothers, and their families through education, nurturing, and advocacy while fostering respect, knowledge, and integrity among professionals everywhere. Volunteer doulas are an option for any family.
WHY WE STARTED
Operation Doula began from the heart of two women, a Doula and a Midwife. They shared the same dream, to provide labor and birth support to a community of women with a higher than average need for support who had limited resources to obtain that support. As a military spouse and a doula, Maria Provencher was excited to partner with Midwife and Professor Sherry Kari, CNM, MSN.
Sherry had worked as a midwife at Balboa Hospital prior to her work as a Professor at SDSU’s School of Nursing. With their backgrounds and shared passion, they soon developed the program for Naval Medical Center San Diego, known as Balboa Hospital and went to work gathering volunteers.
MARIA PROVENCHER PROGRAM COORDINATOR & CO-FOUNDER OPERATION DOULA
Type of Service
Birth Doula, Childbirth Education, Postpartum Doula
Free services for Military familes delivering at Balboa Hospital
34800 Bob Wilson Dr
San Diego CA 92134