Since 1986, HealthConnect One has focused on collaborative work with grassroots maternal and child health and social service providers.

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Public Statements

HealthConnect One supports policies which promote equitable support for moms, babies and families during pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and early parenting.

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Statement on Critical Providers of Breastfeeding Support Services:

The Community-Based Doula: Supporting Families Before, During, and After Childbirth (Book)

Written by HC One Executive Director Rachel Abramson with co-authors Ginger Breedlove and Beth Isaacs, this book is about the impact of community-based doulas on families around the country.

A Doula Story (DVD)

A Doula Story is a movie about a HealthConnect One-trained doula in Chicago, produced in 2005 by the Kindling Group and aired on PBS. It is powerful, touching and informative. Learn more here and watch the trailer.

“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”

Since 1986, HealthConnect One has worked closely with over 70 sites in 28 states seeking to replicate our community-based doula and breastfeeding peer counselor programs.

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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

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

Altfeld, S. (2002). The Chicago Doula Project Evaluation Final Report The Ounce of Prevention Fund: Chicago, IL.

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

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.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2014). Breastfeeding Report Card 2014

Romano, A. (2014, November 14). Care Models That Work: Community-Based Doulas Maternity Neighborhood

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

HealthConnect One. (2012) What are the Outcomes of Using a Doula?

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.

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

Amnesty International Publications. (2010). Deadly Delivery: The Maternal Health Care Crisis in the USA Amnesty International Secretariat, London.

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