A healthy community
starts with
a healthy birth
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Improving the health of our community by ensuring the health of mothers and babies

A Troubling Trend

The U.S. spends more on maternity care than any other country, but has worse birth outcomes.

An Unleveled Playing Field

Poor birth outcomes do not impact all families equally. Members of non-dominant cultures have significantly more birth complications and worse outcomes.

A Proven Solution

Research shows having a doula improves birth outcomes. This is particularly true for parents from marginalized communities, especially if the doula provides culturally-matched care.

Bridging the Gap

Because cost can put doula care out of reach for families who would benefit the most we provide culturally-matched doula care to those who need it, free of charge.

Families who birth with a CDP doula get off to a better start, building a strong community. CDP families are:

Two times

as likely to be born at full term

Reducing the long-term health and economic impacts of prematurity.

Two times

as likely to meet feeding goals

Reducing the risk of chronic illness and SIDS.

Two times

as likely to have a safe healthy birth

Reducing the costs and long term impacts of cesarean birth.

Your Role

Help ensure that all families who need it have access to this care.

Your gift supports:

  • Visits before or after the birth. ($50)
  • Part of the cost of care during the birth ($150)
  • Ensuring that families receive care before, during, and after birth. ($350)
  • Provide one new doula with compensation for all the training births necessary for state registry ($1050)

Doulas impact families at every stage

Before Birth

  • Answer questions about what to expect during birth
  • Teach labor positions
  • Help families write a birth plan
  • Plan for returning home with baby

During Birth

  • Doctors, midwives, and nurses typically work on shifts and may change during your birth. A doula provides care throughout the birth.
  • Help parents navigate the healthcare system
  • Provide emotional support and ease anxiety
  • Offer pain relief options
  • Help parents advocate for themselves

After Birth

  • Visit families in their home
  • Help with common new parent concerns
  • Assist with breastfeeding & baby care
  • Help with sibling adjustment
  • Listen and help process the birth experience

What does it mean to be culturally matched?

We recruit and train doulas who come from the same communities we serve.

Based on their shared backgrounds and lived experiences, we match clients with a doula who speaks their language and has walked in their shoes. Some of the shared experiences may include:

  • Coming from a racially or ethnically diverse background
  • Having experienced homelessness or housing insecurity
  • Speaking limited or no English
  • Having limited or no family support
  • Being under age 21
  • Having been identified as medically high risk
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