Our mission is to promote a positive experience for all pregnant people and new families through education, nurturing and advocacy in their pregnancy, labor and postpartum journeys.
We create a safe and positive community for doulas in the Greater Kansas City area by fostering respect, knowledge and integrity as well as offering hospital and community connections, continued education, networking and social gatherings.
Our vision is a supportive community in which parents are informed, respected, and encouraged to make birth and postpartum decisions that are appropriate for themselves and their babies.
In 1995, four women were trained as birth doulas through DONA International. Their backgrounds in nursing, childbirth education, and breastfeeding reinforced their desire to support women and their partners through the childbearing experience. Educating women and their partners about the choices that were available for their births such as: choosing a supportive care provider and place of birth, positions for labor and birth, pain relieving strategies, and caring for their babies were the goals of these women. Sally Riley, Linda Herrick, MaryAnne Hammond, and Cindy Cameron organized the first doula group in the Kansas City area, known as Doulas of Greater Kansas City.
Over the past 20 years Doulas of Greater Kansas City has grown. DGKC is a 501c3 and offers educational conferences, financial assistance, and has a website, where individual members describe the services that they provide. Members of DGKC practice by a Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice in birth centers, hospitals, and homebirths.
Meetings are held to provide education and support for doulas to aid in the care that they offer and in marketing the valuable services of birth and postpartum doulas.