Community-based doulas are nonmedical, unlicensed, trained professionals who provide emotional, physical, and informational support to birthing people during pregnancy and up to one year postpartum. Community-based doulas differ from lay and other birth doulas because they are specifically trained to provide culturally sensitive care and focus on those who are more likely to experience discrimination in traditional healthcare settings.


Access to community-based doulas promotes healthier and more equitable infant birth outcomes, maternal and child health, and nurturing and responsive parenting.

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Currently Accepting Applications from State Legislative Staff for our Upcoming Community-Based Doula Policy Learning Symposium! Who Should Apply? State legislative staff interested in supporting state policymakers in identifying ways to improve maternal and child health
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Vanderbilt University’s Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center (PN-3) just issued its annual State Policy Roadmap, exploring ways that the states (and D.C.) can improve conditions so infants and toddlers can thrive. The Roadmap focuses on 12 solutions shown
This year, the Prenatal-to-3 State Policy Roadmap—a guide for state leaders on the most effective investments to ensure all children thrive from the start, based on the most rigorous evidence available—has expanded. The Roadmap policies