HealthConnect One’s Community-Based Doula model and approach to birth equity for doulas, breastfeeding peer counselors and other community health workers has been the focus of many studies and articles. Here are a few.
Research on Community-Based Programs
Bakst, Chloe, Jennifer E. Moore, Karen E. George, Karen Shea. (May 2020). Community-Based Maternal Support Services: The Role of Doulas and Community Health Workers in Medicaid. Institute for Medicaid Innovation. Report
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children & Families Home Visiting Evidence of Effectiveness. (June 2015) Implementing HealthConnect One’s® Community-Based Doula Program Program Profile Web Page
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 Abstract
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 Abstract
Altfeld, S. (2002).The Chicago Doula Project Evaluation Final Report The Ounce of Prevention Fund: Chicago, IL Download from HealthConnect One
Value of Breastfeeding
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 Abstract
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 Abstract
Additional Research and Commentary
Novoa, Cristina. (January 31, 2020). Ensuring Healthy Births Through Prenatal Support: Innovations From Three Models Center for American Progress Early Childhood. Article
Taylor, Jamila, Cristina Novoa, Katie Hamm, and Shilpa Phadke. (May 2, 2019). Eliminating Racial Disparities in Maternal and Infant Mortality: A Comprehensive Policy Blueprint. Center for American Progress Article.
Main, Malkia. (June 2017). Beyond the Breast: Culturally Competent Doulas as a Breastfeeding Intervention University of Washington School of Public Health Northwest Bulletin. Volume 32, Breastfeeding Article
Romano, A. (2014, November 14). Care Models That Work: Community-Based Doulas Maternity Neighborhood Article
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 Report
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 Memo
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 Abstract
Amnesty International Publications. (2010, updated 2011). Deadly Delivery: The Maternal Health Care Crisis in the USA Amnesty International Secretariat, London Report
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 Report download
You can also download this list as a PDF as well as a downloadable three-page case statement highlighting the benefits of the community-based home visiting model and brief timeline of community-based doula program replication.