About PALS

The Philadelphia Alliance for Labor Support (PALS) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping Philadelphians have a positive birth experience.

It was started in 1998 by UPENN nursing students and has since expanded to include students from various UPENN programs, community members, and birth professionals. Our doulas provide free labor support services including physical, emotional, and informational support, and we provide subsidized training to those wishing to become doulas. We have attended hundreds of births and trained hundreds of new doulas!

PALS is affiliated with DONA International and receives funding from the University of Pennsylvania Student Activities Council (SAC), and we have working relationships with the Hospital at the University of Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania Hospital. However, we work independently and for the sole benefit of our individual clients.