As we shift the conversation from whether to do VBACs to how to enable more of them, focus on quality and safety in the context of VBAC is long overdue. According to new government statistics, nearly one in five of the more than 4 million births each year in the United States occur to women who have previously given birth by cesarean. If evidence supports VBAC as a “reasonable option” for most of this population and indeed the better option for many, it is time to be reasonable about how to make VBAC as safe, accessible, and satisfying as it can possibly be.
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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.
In our local area (St. Louis, MO), access to doulas has largely been for those with the knowledge, money and opportunity (i.e. middle class, white women). Purple Lotus Doulas was founded as a collective of doulas who are dedicated to providing doula services across the full spectrum of women and pregnancy, regardless of any socio-economic or other issues. Each of the doulas in our collective has worked with a variety of populations, either on a professional or volunteer basis. Although we do accept private, for pay clients, we are all available for reduced pay or free doula services. We are also active in the birth community, with the goals to improve access to health services, change or maintain laws that benefit our target populations, and provide education to the general public.
As a chapter of BirthNetwork National, we are a non-profit organization comprised of a network of childbirth educators, midwives, labor assistants (doulas), family physicians, nurses, breastfeeding consultants, and parents who know the importance of informed options and alternatives in childbearing.
Grant funds were acquired to implement a doula program for Crittenden Regional Hospital, a rural hospital in Arkansas. Trainings were established to train lay women to work in the program. Trainings were also provided for healthcare professionals to introduce gentle birth practices, and the role of a doula, and doulas working as part of the health care team.