Resources

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

HC One Resources

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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.

To see these sites on a map, click here.

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