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Oh, Baby! Lexington Medical Center Doula Participates in 1,500 Births

Dianne Pound knows a thing or two about how to help families welcome a new baby. Last month, she participated in her 1,500th birth as a Lexington Medical Center doula.

“I can’t believe that time has moved so quickly, and I have supported 1,500 families in their births. That’s enough to fill up a school! To be a part of those families’ birth stories is a great honor,” Dianne said.

Dianne Pound celebrated her 1,500 birth with Tiera and Phil Rollins, and baby Emma Sydney.

A doula is a birth coach who offers mothers comfort and reassurance during labor and delivery. In addition to understanding the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of women in labor, doulas facilitate communication between parents-to-be, help prepare birth plans and provide information about birth and delivery options. Postpartum doulas offer education, support and assistance to the new family once they return home.

“Doulas meet wonderful families and are a part of one of the most important days in a family’s life,” said Dianne. “We have a strong sisterhood of doulas here at Lexington Medical Center.”

Lexington Medical Center began its doula program in 1994. At that time, it was the first of its kind in the Southeast. Dianne started working at the hospital as a doula in May 1998 – more than 20 years ago. A lot has changed for expectant families at LMC since then.

“Labor and Delivery has added new and larger rooms, and we have made ongoing improvements to provide the best care to our patients and their newborns, including skin-to-skin contact after any birth, delayed bathing for 24 hours, Halo® sleep sacks and parent education concerning back sleeping,” said Dianne.

Because of support from the hospital’s Foundation and its donors, doulas are a free service for any woman having a baby at our hospital.

Lexington Medical Center Offers Doula Training Classes

A doula is a birth coach who offers mothers comfort and reassurance during labor and delivery. At Lexington Medical Center, doulas are part of the hospital staff and are a free service to any woman having a baby at the hospital. Lexington Medical Center is holding classes in 2018 to add new doulas to our team. Learn more about the program in this WLTX interview below.


For information about becoming a Lexington Medical Center doula, call (803) 791 – BABY.

Become A Doula!

Lexington Medical Center is pleased to announce that it will be offering Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association training classes for community members who are interested in becoming hospital-based doulas.

DoulaHospital-based doulas are specially trained to offer comfort and support to mothers and their families as they bring their babies into the world. They also work with other hospital staff to ensure a positive birth experience for expectant parents. It’s an opportunity to support women and families during one of the most beautiful and important life events: birth.

Upcoming training sessions will be August 22 – 23 and September 19 – 20. No health care experience is necessary.

mother_baby.tifParticipants will learn comfort techniques for labor, including positions and movement; support for non-medicated and medicated mothers; the role and scope of practice; the natural birth process; practical experience and role-playing; affirmation and encouragement techniques; non-biased emotional, physical and informational support; hospital procedures for labor and delivery; positive communication skills; support for caesarean birth; and skills to support breastfeeding initiation.

For more information or to register, call (803) 791-2631 or email edpound@lexhealth.org