The HealthConnect One Community-Based Doula Program
|National or Multiple States||Community||Women/Maternal Health||Health Equity||1, 4|
The Community-Based Doula Program provides support to young families during pregnancy, birth, and the early postpartum period. Community-based doula programs dramatically increase breastfeeding rates and decrease c-section rates – by providing extended, intensive peer-to-peer support to families throughout pregnancy, during labor and birth, and into the early postpartum period. They are a mitigating factor for maternal mortality, and for many other risks to birthing families, particularly in low-income communities and communities of color.