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GAMFHA Supports Doula Services for the BIPOC Community

As healthcare professionals, we understand the importance of having doula's apart of the birthing process.  New maternity care models save on cost and improve maternity care for people of color. Community-based doulas and nurse-midwifery care are rooted in ancient practices where women received help from other women in their community before pregnancy, during childbirth, and postpartum. Every woman deserves a doula.

What are doulas? Doula is a Greek word meaning “servant” or “one who serves.” There are 3 types of doulas: Fertility, Birthing, and Post-Partum. Doulas are non-clinical professionals who provide physical, emotional and educational support to mothers before, during and after childbirth, including continuous labor support.

DOULAS & MIDWIVES make a difference!

Fertility Doula

A Fertility Doula is a trained professional who provides preconception support to individuals and partners and helps prepare the woman’s body for pregnancy to decrease pre-term birth. Fertility Doulas are trained to look at the varying factors that are prohibiting conception.

Birthing Doula

The purpose of a Birthing Doula is to help women have a safe, memorable, and empowering birthing experience. Birth Doulas provide educational, physical, and emotional support. During labor, a Birthing Doula is there as a continuous presence as active labor begins, remaining with a family until the birth, and staying a few hours afterwards.

PostPartum Doula

Postpartum Doulas main goals are to help “mother the mother” and nurture the entire family as they transition into life with a newborn. They care about the families they work with and lack the complicated emotional relationships that exist between family members.  Most postpartum doulas provide service for a family anywhere from a few days up to a few weeks after bringing home a new baby. Families may have her work 1-3 days a week or as many as 5 days a week.

Why Doula's?

When women receive care from doulas, they are:

  • Two times less likely to experience a birth complication. The role of doula care in reducing c-sections is important, because c-sections contribute to the risk of maternal morbidity and mortality in initial and subsequent pregnancies.
  • Four times less likely to have a low birthweight baby.
  • More likely to breastfeed.
  • More likely to be satisfied with their healthcare. 
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