Doulas to the Rescue

Across the US, African-American babies die at twice the rate of white infants. Baltimore officials hope a new doula-training program can ensure better outcomes for newborns.

Modeled after programs in New York and other cities, the Baltimore initiative trains doulas to assist mothers through labor, delivery and the first months of infancy. Studies have shown that babies of doula-assisted mothers had fewer complications.

Doulas won’t be compensated by the city, however. “This is primarily about service and giving back to the community,” says Stacey Tuck, Baltimore’s maternal and child health director.

Source: The Washington Post

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