Community Based Doula Project
What is a doula?
A doula is “a trained professional who provides continuous physical,
emotional and informational support to a mother before, during and
shortly after childbirth to help her achieve the healthiest, most satisfying experience possible. ” ~ DONA International
Basically – a doula provides extra support for a positive birth and postpartum experience. Doulas don’t replace the support of a partner or family member but rather enhance that support!
Research shows that women who use a birth doula are:
- less likely to need Pitocin
- less likely to have a cesarean
- less likely to use pain medication
Who is eligible?
- Henderson County residents
- Medicaid eligible or uninsured
- Low-income, under-resourced families
- No immigration status required
What is offered?
- Bilingual Prenatal and Postpartum support, from early pregnancy up to one year postpartum, including: insurance navigation, transportation to appointments, childbirth preparation classes, breastfeeding education and support, reproductive health information, resource referrals and more!
- Connection to a birth and/or postpartum doula for eligible participants
- Membership in our Full Tum, Dry Bum diaper and formula assistance program
Interested in serving as a community-based doula?