Replicate the Community-Based Doula Program

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Each replication site serves a unique population, from non-English speaking immigrants, to women in addiction treatment, to teenaged mothers.

Replication involves a formal partnership between an agency and HealthConnect One to create a community-based doula program with five essential components. Our program team works with each replication site to:

  • Develop an interactive, intensive, 20-session course tailored to your strengths and needs,
  • Guide you through distinctive phases of planning and program development, and
  • Provide appropriate consultation and technical support at each stage.

Are you thinking about starting a community-based doula program?  We offer several materials to help you determine interest in applying for national replication, including the Five Essential Components of a Community-Based Doula Program.

Here are additional downloadable resources:

Download and Read: The Perinatal Revolution, our 2014 study on the impact of Community Based Doulas here. 

Download and Read: Sustainable Funding for Doula Programs: A Study

More resources:

Looking for someone to talk to? Here’s a map highlighting more than 100 agencies that have partnered with HealthConnect One previously.

In addition, HealthConnect One staff and academic colleagues have authored several studies on community-based doula work, including:

  • 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

Thanks for your interest. If you have other questions, please feel free to reach out directly to Tikvah Wadley, Lead Program Specialist: Doula Program and Accreditation, 312-515-4386,

Learn more about replication

Read The Perinatal Revolution, our 2014 report on community-based doulas