World Doula Week started in Israel as World Doula Day in 2010 by Ruti Karni Horowitz who had no idea about International Doula Month. The event was a huge success, so Ruti had suggested that it become a world-wide event to celebrate doulas globally. Initally, World Doula Day (March 22) was chosen because it is the spring equinox in the northern hemisphere, which represents the return of fertility in countless cultures. When the committee was formed, they all decided to expand World Doula Day (March 22) into a World Doula Week (March 22-28) so that multiple events could be planned to help spread the word about doulas.
The goal is to spread the word about doulas and to encourage doulas to continue improving the physiological, social, emotional, and psychological health of women, newborns, and families in birth and in the postpartum period.
If you are:
- Due between May - July
- Birthing at WCH, Lyell Mac, North Eastern Community, Calvary or Burnside
- Having a c-section or planning an induction