HealthConnect One stands in solidarity with Black people against racism in all its forms.
We are angry and saddened by the continuing injustices that Black people experience, all of which affect our public health. We will continue to work alongside Black communities, families, and advocates to fight racism and to uplift their health and well-being, now and in the future.
We want to also provide Black moms and their families resources to other organizations providing support to the Black community during this difficult time:
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"A Doula Story"
A Doula Story is a powerful, touching and informative movie about a HealthConnect One-trained doula in Chicago, produced in 2005 by the Kindling Group and aired on PBS.
“Some of the girls do come here, and they haven’t been parented in a nurturing way. Unless you feel that feeling, you don’t know how to pass it on. And, I tell them, ‘Is it okay if I give you a hug?’ And they’ll tell me ‘Yeah,’ and then I’ll give them a hug. And then I’ll say, ‘Now you see how that felt? I’m hugging you, not trying to get anything from you. Nothing but a feeling. Nothing but to take you where I am.'”
~ Loretha Weisinger, Community-Based Doula, in “A Doula Story”
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The Evidence Base
HealthConnect One. (2014). The Perinatal Revolution: New research supports the critical role Community-Based Doula Programs can play in improving maternal and child health in underserved birthing populations https://www.healthconnectone.org/hc_one_resources/the-perinatal-revolution/
Edwards, R.C., Thullen, M., Korfmacher, J., Lantos, J.D., Henson, L.G., and Hans, S.L. (2013). Breastfeeding and Complementary Food: Randomized Trial of Community Doula Home Visiting Pediatrics, 132:Supplement 2 S160-S166; doi:10.1542/peds.2013-1021P Abstract / Full Text / Full Text (PDF)
Hans, S. L., Thullen, M., Henson, L. G., Lee, H., Edwards, R. C. and Bernstein, V. J. (2013). Promoting Positive Mother–Infant Relationships: A Randomized Trial of Community Doula Support For Young Mothers Infant Mental Health Journal, 34: 446–457. doi: 10.1002/imhj.21400 http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/imhj.21400/abstract
Altfeld, S. (2002). The Chicago Doula Project Evaluation Final Report The Ounce of Prevention Fund: Chicago, IL. https://www.healthconnectone.org/wp-content/uploads/bsk-pdf-manager/altfelddoulareportfinalcomplete_(1)_26.pdf
Bartick, M. C., Stuebe, A. M., Schwarz, E. B., Luongo, C., Reinhold, A. G., Foster, E. M. (2013, July). Cost Analysis of Maternal Disease Associated With Suboptimal Breastfeeding Obstetrics & Gynecology: Volume 122 – Issue 1 – p 111–119. doi: 10.1097/AOG.0b013e318297a047 http://journals.lww.com/greenjournal/Fulltext/2013/07000/Cost_Analysis_of_Maternal_Disease_Associated_With.17.aspx
Bartick M. and Reinhold A. (2010, May). The burden of suboptimal breastfeeding in the United States: a pediatric cost analysis Pediatrics. 125(5):e1048-56. doi: 10.1542/peds.2009-1616. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20368314
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2014). Breastfeeding Report Card 2014 http://www.cdc.gov/breastfeeding/data/reportcard.htm
Romano, A. (2014, November 14). Care Models That Work: Community-Based Doulas Maternity Neighborhood http://maternityneighborhood.com/care-models-that-work-community-based-doulas/
Lombardi, J., Mosle, A., Patel, N., Schumacher, R. and Stedron, J. (2014). Gateways to Two Generations: The Potential for Early Childhood Programs and Partnerships to Support Children and Their Parents Together Ascend at The Aspen Institute – Promising Approaches, p. 16 http://ascend.aspeninstitute.org/pages/gateways-to-two-generations
HealthConnect One. (2012) What are the Outcomes of Using a Doula? https://www.healthconnectone.org/filebin/pdf/DoulaResearchSheet_HC_One.pdf
Cawthorne, A. and Arons, J. (2010, January 5). There’s No Place Like Home: Home Visiting Programs Can Support Pregnant Women and New Parents Center for American Progress: Washington, DC. http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/women/report/2010/01/05/7221/theres-no-place-like-home/
Gentry, Q. M., Nolte, K. M., Gonzalez, A., Pearson, M., and Ivey, S. (2010). Going Beyond the Call of Doula: A Grounded Theory Analysis of the Diverse Roles Community-Based Doulas Play in the Lives of Pregnant and Parenting Adolescent Mothers The Journal of Perinatal Education, 19(4): 24–40. doi: 10.1624/105812410X530910 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2981190/
Amnesty International Publications. (2010). Deadly Delivery: The Maternal Health Care Crisis in the USA Amnesty International Secretariat, London. http://www.amnestyusa.org/dignity/pdf/DeadlyDelivery.pdf
Brown, M. H. (2008, April 11). Chicago Project Delivers Support to Young Mothers-to-Be Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Local Funding Partnerships: Program Results / Grant ID: 29806 http://www.rwjf.org/content/dam/farm/reports/program_results_reports/2008/rwjf16985