Community-Based Doula Programs

The Community-Based Doula Program connects underserved pregnant women to other women in their communities who are specially trained as doulas to provide support during the critical times of pregnancy, birth, and postpartum/early parenting. The program is based on the power of peer-to-peer support. Because doulas are of and from the same community as their clients, they are able to understand language and cultural needs and create long-term links to support networks. Women in the program have been shown to have higher breastfeeding rates, lower C-section rates, and more positive mother-infant interaction. HealthConnect One can assist in developing these programs.

HealthConnect One, 1986

Evidence Rating: II

Cost: Yes

Additional Info:


Breastfeeding Parenting Education Prenatal Care and Education

Perinatal Periods:

Postpartum Prenatal

Resource types:

Model programs

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