Giving Austin Labor Support (GALS) is an official 501(c)(3) non-profit volunteer organization which seeks to provide emotional and physical support to families during their birth experience.

Anyone in the Austin area can access a volunteer labor support companion by contacting the dispatch line: 512-934-2171.

Our Mission:

Giving Austin Labor Support is an organization of dedicated volunteers who provide emotional, physical and informational support to those who are under-supported through their birth experience in order to improve birth outcomes and empower women and their families.

Request Support from GALS

Click on the images below to learn how you can request support from GALS programs.

On-Call Program

I am in labor and need support now

Travis County Correctional Complex

Support Groups and Labor Support

Prenatal Program

I want a traditional "doula" relationship with prenatal, birth and postpartum support but I can't afford one.

What We Provide

We provide comfort and companionship to families with little or no support. This includes physical, emotional and informational support during prenatal, birth and postpartum periods. In addition, GALS partners with the Travis County Sheriff’s Office to support those who are incarcerated and pregnant in Travis County through their birth experience. 

Who Qualifies

Any one who asks for extra support during labor qualifies for our support. To qualify for our Prenatal Program a family must be under 200% of the Federal Poverty Level.

To request a labor support companion at any time, please call the GALS Dispatch Line at (512) 934-2171. Prenatal support requests can be made by submitting the online contact form. We always do our best to accommodate requests, but please know that our resources are limited. We look forward to being of service to you!

About GALS Volunteers

GALS volunteers are dedicated members of the community who have an interest in volunteering their time to support mothers during childbirth. They are mothers, students, professionals, friends, or warm-hearted souls who have committed to the GALS mission.

Each GALS volunteer attends a GALS volunteer orientation and must clear a background check. All GALS volunteers agree to comply within a standardized GALS Scope of Practice.

Upcoming Events

Given the clear benefits and no known risks associated with intrapartum support, every effort should be made to ensure all labouring women receive support, not only from those close to them but also from specially-trained caregivers. This support should include continuous presence, the provision of hands-on comfort and encouragement.
— E.D. Hodnett, Support from Caregivers During Childbirth