• Doula News

    State Launches Doula Program to Boost Rates of Healthy Moms and Babies

    A new pilot program in Erie County and parts of Kings County could bring more doulas into the healthcare system to help deliver babies. The state Department of Health said the pilot, which will expand its Medicaid program to cover doula services, will help address maternal mortality and reduce racial disparities in health outcomes. It will also provide training, outreach and education efforts. “While New York has made progress to ensure all women have access to quality, affordable healthcare to prevent maternal mortality, a vast racial disparity still exists that requires creative solutions and bold action,” said Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul. A doula is a non-medical birth coach who assists…

  • Doula News

    Doulas Partner With Pregnant Teens in Central Iowa to Foster Healthy Moms and Babies…

    Victoria Dicks was an 18-year-old recent high school graduate when she discovered she was pregnant. It wasn’t something she’d planned, but she knew she wanted to keep her baby. On the advice of her sister, she contacted the Young Women’s Resource Center, which connected her with a doula, someone trained to assist expecting mothers and provide support after the baby is born. The Des Moines-based nonprofit has offered doulas since 2004 to help young mothers such as Dicks navigate what can be an overwhelming situation. The group says the program is working. According to the Young Women’s Resource Center, clients who receive doula support are: More likely to attend all prenatal appointments More likely…

  • Birth

    Research Review: Waterbirth Continues to be an Appropriate Option for Low-Risk Families

    A new systematic review of the safety of water immersion on the birthing person and the newborn during labor and birth was recently published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.  The review of 15 studies was conducted by Elizabeth R. Cluett, Ethel Burns, and Anna Cuthbert, all researchers from the United Kingdom. The conclusion of their systematic review, Immersion in water during labour and birth, found “no evidence that labouring in water increases the risk of an adverse outcome for women or their newborns.” Waterbirth International founder Barbara Harper has examined the topic of waterbirth on this blog in the past few years with her article “ACOG Releases New Committee Opinion  &…

  • Doula News

    What Doulas Really Wish You Knew About Their Jobs

    Let’s start with the difference between a doula and a midwife. It’s time to ditch the idea that being a doula means being a so-called “hippie” or having a “crunchy granola” lifestyle. Although signs abound that the demand for doulas has increased in recent years, there are still many misconceptions associated with this role. We talked with three doulas to learn what they wish other people knew about their jobs and services. Here’s what they had to say. Doulas are not midwives. All three mentioned this as the first major misconception about their jobs. They explained that in simple terms, midwives are health care professionals and offer medical support, while…

  • Doula News

    New York to Expand Use of Doulas to Reduce Childbirth Deaths

    Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced on Sunday a series of initiatives aimed at addressing a disturbingly high rate of maternal mortality among black women, who are four times more likely to die in childbirth than white women in New York State, according to a study released last year. The plan includes a pilot program that will expand Medicaid coverage for doulas, birth coaches who provide women with physical and emotional support during pregnancy and childbirth. Studies show the calming presence and supportive reinforcement of doulas can help increase birth outcomes and reduce birth complications for the mother and the baby. Still, only a small percentage of women use doulas nationwide. Hiring a…

  • Midwifery News

    Discontinued: Experienced Midwife Route

    The Experienced Midwife route of entry for applicants with extensive non-conventional training and experience will be discontinued December 31, 2019. All Experienced Midwife applicants in the middle of their application process should be prepared to submit their completed application before December 31, 2019. Experienced Midwife Route will be Discontinued December 31, 2019