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Community-Based Doula Program Model


The Community-Based Doula Program Model connects underserved women to women in their community who are specially trained to provide support during the critical months of pregnancy, birth and the early months of parenting. Focusing on this sensitive period in a family's life, when intervention makes the most difference, creates long-term linkages to support networks. 

The Model succeeds because doulas are of and from the same community as their clients and are able to bridge language and cultural barriers in order to meet health needs. This is the power of peer-to-peer support!


Five Essential Components

Community-Based Doula Programs:

  1. Employ women who are trusted members of the target community
  2. Extend and intensify the role of doula with families from early pregnancy through the first months postpartum
  3. Collaborate with community stakeholders/institutions and use a diverse team approach
  4. Facilitate experiential learning using popular education techniques and the HC One training curriculum
  5. Value the doulas' work with salary, supervision and support

Positive Outcomes

Community-Based Doula Programs improve infant health, strengthen families, and establish supports to ensure ongoing family success, including:

  • Improved prenatal care
  • Increased breastfeeding rates
  • Fewer medical interventions
  • Fewer c-section deliveries
  • More positive birth experiences
  • Increased mother-child interaction
  • Improved parenting skills


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Contact National Program Director Jeretha McKinley

to discuss how this model can work in your community:

Phone, 404.798.7718



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Jeretha McKinley

National Program Director

Tel. 404.798.7718

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"I think everyone deserves to be well prepared to go into labor. I know people that have 3 or 4 babies and they don’t know what goes on inside of them.”

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~ Erika Ortiz, Community-Based Doula, Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention