Community Doula Week

HealthConnect One is partnering with BirthMatters to host the first-ever Community Doula Week. Community Doula Week is a weeklong campaign to highlight the unique and life-saving support community doulas offer birthing people and their families. This campaign was dreamed up by Eboni Williams, a BirthMatters community-based doula serving her community in Spartanburg, South Carolina. This year #CDW2022 will:

  • Acknowledge the importance of community doulas through public awareness
  • Affirm the critical support community doulas offer amidst a maternal health crisis.
  • Advocate for fair and sustainable pay for community doulas through community building

Community Doula Week will take place from March 29th – April 5th. This week will involve several activities and events inited to acknowledge the work of community doulas. 

  • Instagram Live #CDW22 Kick-off
    March 29, 2022 @ 11am ET
  • Virtual & In-person Viewing of A Doula Story
    March 30, 2022 @ 12pm ET
  • Twitter Chat with #CDW22 Partners: Challenges & Successes
    March 31, 2022 @ 1pm ET
  • Community-Based Doula Conversation: Past, Present, Finding Our Way Forward
    April 5, 2022 @ 1pm ET

What do Community-Based Doulas do? 

Community-based doulas provide culturally sensitive pregnancy and childbirth education, early linkage to health care and other services, labor coaching, breastfeeding promotion and counseling, and parenting education while encouraging parental attachment. 

Why do we need a Community Doula Week when there’s a World Doula Week? 

  • Community-based doulas provide continuous support to mothers during labor and delivery, helping them cope with the physical and mental demands of giving birth.
  • Drawing on their specialized training and lived experience to guide birthing persons through labor and delivery, community-based doulas provide emotional support and physical comfort that enhance the childbirth experience for the entire family.
  • They also work with medical staff, including doctors, midwives, and nurses, to provide informational support to all birthing people they serve and help transition to parenthood.
  • Community-based doulas have at least one commonality with the birthing person, which improves outcomes for underserved communities.

Download the #CDW2022 toolkit for more background information, suggested social media toolkits, and city and state proclamations guidance. For any questions or inquiries, please get in touch with comms@healthconnectone.org