Brigid Dodson, a Labor and Delivery nurse at Brackenridge hospital, saw a need for support and set out to create a program for any woman who felt alone, unsupported or afraid during her childbirth experience. Brigid patterned Giving Austin Labor Support (GALS) after a similar program she was involved with in another state. Volunteers of GALS who are experienced or totally new to the realm of labor and birth give their time and care to women who need or want more support.
Studies have shown that when a woman feels supported during childbirth, she feels empowered and is more confident in her abilities to parent. That is called “mothering the mother” and it is what GALS is setting out to do.
Today, GALS has expanded into the community to connect volunteers with prenatal and postpartum clients, through partnerships with Any Baby Can, Pregnancy and Postpartum Health Alliance of Texas and Travis County Sheriff’s Office.
We want Austin to be a city that supports ALL our mothers and children!
Through receiving support during their childbirth experience, women will have an increased belief and trust in themselves and their innate ability to mother, and it will be enough to change the culture of the community and create an infinite impact on the families of tomorrow.
We hope to build partnerships and referrals with more Austin area community service organizations, Labor & Delivery units, and birthing centers, and to expand our volunteer base.