Birth doulas provide informational, physical, and emotional support. Birth doulas are hired prenatally, and spend time with families developing a relationship and helping to make connections to resources and information. During labor a doula is there as a continuous presence as active labor begins, remaining with a family until the birth, staying a few hours afterwards. After the birth a birth doula continues to check in on the family, providing 1-2 postpartum visits, as well as some email/text support, again helping to make connections to resources and information. All doulas in the collective provide birth doula services.