Community-Based Doula Program

This is the power of peer-to-peer support!

The Community Based Doula Program Model connects underserved women to women in their community who are specially trained to provide support during the critical months of pregnancy, birth and the early months of parenting. Focusing on this sensitive period in a family's life, when intervention makes the most difference, creates long-term linkages to support networks.

The Model succeeds because doulas are of and from the same community as their clients and are able to bridge language and cultural barriers in order to meet health needs. This is the power of peer-to-peer support!

Five Essential Components of the Community Based Doula Model:

Employ women who are trusted members of the target community

Extend and intensify the role of doula with families from early pregnancy through the first months postpartum

Collaborate with community stakeholders/institutions and use a diverse team approach

Facilitate experiential learning using popular education techniques and the HC One training curriculum

Value the doulas’ work with salary, supervision and support

The impacts of HC One and the community-based doula model are transformative. Being with a woman as she transitions into a mother and demonstrating that you care for her as she cares for her baby, is the greatest gift we can give new parents. Supporting and modeling to community members how to share their gifts through love and advocacy to build a stronger community is the greatest contribution we can make to each other. There is no greater work in our communities than building stronger families and advocating for the health and wellness of the youngest members, and that is exactly what is impressive about HC One.

Cheryl Hunter
Author of Understanding Doulas and Childbirth: Women, Love, and Advocacy, New York: Palgrave Macmillan

Yes, every mom deserves a doula!

Positive Outcomes

Community-Based Doula Programs improve infant health, strengthen families,
and establish supports to ensure ongoing family success.

Improved prenatal care

Increased breastfeeding rates

Fewer medical interventions

Fewer c-section deliveries

Increased parent-child interaction

More positive birth experiences

Improved parenting skills

Community-Based Doulas and Breastfeeding Duration

The breastfeeding rates of mothers served by a Community-Based Doula Program are astounding. Not only do mothers breastfeed, they also breastfeed for much longer than what is typically seen in similar populations. According to The Perinatal Revolution, breastfeeding duration among both Black and Hispanic mothers served by community-based doulas were significantly higher than PRAMS benchmarks.

Black or African American Mothers

  • Community Based Doula Participants

Hispanic Mothers

  • Community Based Doula Participants

Contact our National Program Director to discuss
how this model can work in your community:

Jeretha McKinley