“One of the No. 1 causes of infant mortality in our county is related to early term labor. Doula programs running all over the United States are seeing a decline in early term labor through these community doula programs. They are targeted to educate and empower mothers and give them the best start to motherhood that they can get,” said Andrea Berry, CEO of the Indian River County Healthy Start Coalition.
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Although its services have been successful in assisting mothers and babies to be healthier in many ways, the coalition’s Doula Program is a link that mends a gap between the programs currently in place.
Berry, who also participated in the training, said, “This program is so important to our community. We have women who go into Indian River Medical Center to give birth alone. The labor and delivery staff are sometimes busy and unable to provide the physical and emotional support that each woman needs during her birth process. A doula can provide this support.
“More importantly, we are educating the women in the training and each woman that we serve to understand their bodies, their health, and how powerful they are.”
by Beverly S. Paris, published Jan. 22, 2018 in TC Palm, part of the USA Today Network
HealthConnect One is proud to partner with Indian River County Healthy Start Coalition to support families in Vero Beach, Florida.