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ERIC Number: EJ827266
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Mar
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0736-8038
Birthing Support and the Community-Based Doula
Abramson, Rachel; Breedlove, Ginger K.; Isaacs, Beth
Zero to Three, v27 n4 p55-60 Mar 2007
This article is excerpted from the authors' "The Community-Based Doula: Supporting Families Before, During, and After Childbirth", published in 2006 by "ZERO TO THREE." In the U.S., many new parents are socially isolated and lack access to ongoing caring and support because of poverty, immigration, language barriers, or the growing mobility and fragmentation of families. This article focuses on community-based doulas, women who provide support during the childbearing year to other women within their community. The authors outline the history of the doula role, summarize the literature on the effects of labor support, and describes Chicago Health Connection's community-based doula model, a new approach to supporting families from underserved communities. The article is supplemented with a series of "In a Doula's Own Words" sidebars in which doulas describe their experiences.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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