Expanding Access to Doula Care
Let's Talk About Expanding Access to Doula Care!
Multiple states across the US are beginning to explore doula benefits as a means for improving perinatal outcomes. There are pros and cons to this for sure. It's a little bit like fitting a square peg into a round hole... the systems aren't necessarily going to fit together with ease, but with conversations, we can help shape these policies so they work better for everyone.
The biggest thing we can do is be in the room, in discussion, when these policies are being created. To provide input, share needs & experiences as doulas on the ground doing this work, working with clients, running businesses, managing households, finances, etc. What are your thoughts on the doula benefits that are being created across various states? What are your experiences working with these systems so far? Share in the comments. I've also created a resource list to get you started with some research & exploration. Health Workforce Technical Association Center (HWTAC) has hosted a webinar series discussing doula care. Here is the webinar recording from November of 2023. Yesterday, I had the honor of participating in a panel discussion on the doula policy efforts, and I will share that link when the webinar is made publicly available (or you can check back at their website).
Resources to Explore
State Specific Details:
Research at UW CHWS
What are your thoughts on the doula benefits that are being created across various states? What are your experiences working with these systems so far? Share in the comments.