The Advocacy team are Doulas that act as the actual feet and hands of the coalition. Through this work we will develop and foster relationships and collaborations across sectors that can advocate for equitable access to Doula care; support legislation and policy that promotes sustainable income for Black Doulas.
What is Doula?
A Doula is a trained professional who provides physical, emotional, informational, and logistical support to a pregnant person and their partner during pregnancy, labor and the postpartum period to help them achieve the best birth outcomes. The doula’s purpose is to help birthing persons have a safe, memorable and empowering birth experience. Doulas provide continuity of care and mitigate institutionalized racism in the medical setting.
Doula Support Outcomes
Evidence shows that when you include a Doula as part of your birth team, you may experience ...
The Doulas 4 CT Coalition’s mission is centered on experiences and voices of Black women and women of color to ensure access to training and utilization of culturally responsive Doula care. We are dedicated to garnering system support through policy development, utilizing collective power and building community learning. We are the vehicle that provides tools to achieve equitable access to Doula care in Connecticut.
Expanding Equitable Access to Doula
Care Services in Connecticut
Our partners work to achieve maternal health equity and assist in Doulas4CT Coalition's efforts to amplify Black women and women of color voices and experience to produce systems that have culturally responsive Doula care. They work with us to build community, gather system support for financial sustainability for Doulas, and generate equitable access to Doulas for historically disadvantaged communities.