Gail Doty


My background as a Physical Therapist has provided a foundation in anatomy and physiology, the use of movement, positioning and massage, but also a great sense of faith in the human body and spirit. My greatest satisfaction as a P.T. came not from applying high-tech treatments to a patient, but rather when I could teach someone about how their body works and thereby empower them to help themselves. This passion, combined with the experience of giving birth to my own four children (1 Cesarean and 3 VBAC) lead me to become a Childbirth Educator and later an Infant Massage Instructor. Over the past years I became drawn to complete the picture by being present to provide support to women and their partners during the time of labor and birth. I have had the privilege of providing support to several couples from my classes, and in October, 2006 completed my Doula certification.

I believe in each woman’s ability to give birth to her children and the profound impact this experience has on her life. Each labor and birth is a unique journey and I would be honored to accompany you on yours.

Services / Skills

Prenatal meeting to discuss your birth priorities, physical and emotional support during labor, post-partum follow up visit. References available upon request.


BS PT from UW-Madison 1984, Childbirth Educator Training Course 2002, Infant Massage Instructor Training Course 2004, Doula Training Course 2006. Childbirth Educator and Doula Certification from International Childbirth Education Association.


Fifteen years direct patient care as a Physical Therapist. Three years experience as a Childbirth Educator. Two years experience as an Infant Massage Instructor. Began providing labor support August, 2006.

Births attended

Self, four (one Cesarean, three VBAC); other, three; as a Doula, seven.

Gail can be reached at 608-437-3775 or 608-576-8162.

Benefits of a doula. What does the research show?

The presence of a doula providing continuous support repeatedly produces significant reductions in:

  • Requests for pain medication
  • Use of epidurals
  • Instrumental delivery (forceps or vacuum)
  • The length of labor
  • Number of cesarean operations

Scott, Berkowitz and Klaus, A comparison of intermittent and continuous support during labor: a meta-analysis. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, May 1999.

Long term benefits to mothers and families:

  • Mother’s increased satisfaction with her birth experience
  • Increased positive feelings towards partner/father
  • Significantly increased success with breastfeeding
  • Decreased incidence of severe and moderate postpartum depression
  • Increased maternal self-confidence and self-esteem