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Barriers and Opportunities: Doula Care in the Age of the Pandemic


Keywords: COVID-19, Community Health Workers, Community-centered Care, Coronavirus, Health Equity, Integrated Care Teams, Social Health Team & Workflow, Workforce

Doulas are a small but mighty caregiver workforce that provide critical support to pregnant people and new moms. Despite their proven effectiveness in improving birth outcomes, Doulas continue to face barriers to providing care that have been further intensified by the COVID-19 pandemic. This resource shares learnings from a series of focus groups Health Leads conducted with Doulas working in New York City, presenting challenges, opportunities, and recommendations for how institutions can better integrate and support doulas into the care team.

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Tags: Developed by Health Leads, Health Equity, Social Health Team & Workflow, Whitepaper/Research, Workforce & Authentic Relationships

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