Benefits of Having A Doula?
In 2012, we provided services to 297 at-risk pregnant and parenting women. Of those served, 91% were on Medicaid, 65% were single and 34% were ages 21 and younger. Ninety three percent of program babies were born full term, approximately 93% had an average birth weight, and 93% of program mothers initiated breastfeeding.
DONA International (a nationally recognized 'Doula' accreditation agency) research shows that parents who receive support both during and after the birth of a child: feel more secure and cared for, are more successful in adapting to new family dynamics; have greater self-confidence, have less postpartum depression, and have lower instances of child abuse and neglect.