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Community Doula Initiative
Name of Organization, Agency, or Institution
Hudson Perinatal Consortium
Primary Contact Name and Title
Jill Wodnick, Community Doula Coordinator
Project Aim and Goals
HPC Community Doulas is a non profit 501(c) 3 maternal-infant agency dedicated to serve low income pregnant women receiving prenatal care at federally qualified health centers in Hudson County, NJ. Our grant is committed to reducing perinatal disparities in birth outcomes, so we offer free community doulas to pregnant women on Medicaid and/or enrolled in the WIC program.
A community doula serves as a birth coach, mentor, advocate and supporter to the expectant/birthing and new mother. The doula spends time working with an expectant mother about stress reduction practices, healthy foods, childbirth education, breastfeeding, community resources and parenting skills before she goes into labor through home visits and accompanying the client on prenatal care medical appointments. After the birth, the community doula does more home visits where she assists with breastfeeding retention, shares resources for postpartum depression screening, and models mothering skills. Community doulas make a direct link in promoting better birth outcomes with an emphasis on compliance of pre and postnatal care, reducing preterm labor, reducing low birthweight, reducing c-sections, increasing breastfeeding rates, and increasing parenting skills for the families they serve.
Blueprint Area(s) Addressed
- Coordination of care across time, settings, and disciplines
- Decision making and consumer choice
- Disparities in access and outcomes
- Performance measurement and leveraging of results
- Scope, content and availability of health professions education (includes continuing education for health professionals)
- Workforce composition and distribution
- Community education/outreach
- Educational materials for health professionals
- Hands-on skills training or drills for health professionals
- New care delivery model (e.g., group prenatal care; home visiting, accountable care organization, medical home)
- Shared decision-making
- Team building or communication process change
We are just starting to analyze the data and see an immediate impact on breastfeeding initiation and retention levels, especially for our teenage moms and women of color. We are seeking an intern to assist with data collection!
Articles About the Project
Hudson Non-profit Runs Pilot Support Program for Pregnant Women (Jersey Journal, 09/27/10)
For More Information
Jill Wodnick, at JWodnick@hudsonperinatal.org