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Your support enables us to train community doulas who provide caring, one-on-one support to low-income pregnant women and teens in central Alabama. Doulas provide women with the information they need to make informed decisions, support them physically and emotionally during labor, and assist them with breastfeeding and early bonding. It’s cost-effective care that makes a clinical difference.
BirthWell Partners’ Mission:
BirthWell Partners is a community based not-for-profit corporation serving women of all economic levels in the greater Birmingham and Anniston areas. BirthWell Partners’ mission is to provide high quality, evidence based information and support for pregnancy, birth and parenting, as well as a training pathway for women seeking to enter the doula* profession, regardless of ability to pay.
All families in the greater Birmingham Area will have access to high quality, evidence based information and support for pregnancy, birth and parenting, regardless of ability to pay.
*Doula [Doo-luh]: a woman who is trained to provide informational, physical and emotional support to women before, during and after childbirth.
What’s a Doula and do I want one? Dalia Abrams on ABC 33/40 News, Labor Day Sept. 2011
Research: The most recent meta-analysis conducted by the Cochrane Review concluded “Continuous support during labour has clinically meaningful benefits for women and infants and no known harm. All women should have [doula] support throughout labour and birth.” Hodnett ED, Gates S, Hofmeyr GJ, Sakala C, Weston J. Continuous support for women during childbirth. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2011, Issue 2
Client testimonial: “[my doula] helped me to calm down and breath and not to panic. She gave me massages which relaxed me. She explained terms that I didn’t understand that the doctor and nurses were saying”
Watch the documentary A Doula Story by The Kindling Group to learn more about the value of doula support in low income communities.