Considering Replication?

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The Community-Based Doula Program is a nationally recognized and evidence-based model, refined over 20 years of practice in communities across the country

Replication involves a formal partnership between an organization or agency and HealthConnect One to create a community-based doula program with our 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
  • Provide appropriate consultation and technical support at each stage

We’re proud of all our partners and the work they do but three model applications of the HealthConnect One community-based doula model are:

Are you thinking about starting a community-based doula program? We encourage you to review the community-based doula materials on our resources page and learn more about our training methods and recent/current partners on our training page.

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The Case for Community-Based Doula Replication

Since 1986, HealthConnect One has worked with maternal and child health organizations, hospitals, and grassroots organizers to design community-based, peer-to-peer support programs.  Download a 3-pager outlining the benefits.

Lastly, another available resource is a list of articles and reports documenting the evidence base for community-based doula, peer support and other CHW programs.

If you have questions or would like to discuss, please get in touch via our contact form or reach out directly to Tikvah Wadley, Lead Program Specialist: Doula Program and Accreditation by email at

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The accreditation process was quite a challenge but very rewarding. Open Arms knows from first-hand experience that Community Doulas work. Becoming accredited validates the work of our Community Doulas — the front-line women who are of tremendous value to the women and families in our program. Their efforts serve as an example of how impactful peer-to-peer support is in improving health, making a difference in the lives of children, and benefitting the greater society

Michelle Sarju, former deputy director, Open Arms Perinatal Services