Doulas

Are you African American and pregnant? You may be able to receive FREE support from a Birth Doula!

The LA County Department of Public Health is leading a broad African American Infant and Maternal Mortality (AAIMM) Initiative to combat disproportionately high rates of Black/African American infant and maternal deaths countywide. Doulas are part of the solution.

What is a Doula?

Doulas are professional childbirth companions who provide emotional support, physical comfort, education and advocacy to women and persons during pregnancy, childbirth and the newborn period. Doula support can reduce medical interventions, including c-sections, improve your mood and satisfaction with your birth experience, and increase your breastfeeding success!

Who is Eligible?

Black and African American pregnant people living in South Los Angeles, the South Bay, Antelope Valley or San Fernando Valley are eligible for free Doula services.

What will my Doula Do?

Your Doula will provide support throughout your pregnancy. Your Doula will also provide 3 prenatal visits, continuous labor support, 3 postpartum visits and lactation support.

Client Incentives

Participation in this program is voluntary and to show our gratitude for allowing us the opportunity to support you, we have some great incentives that will be offered during various stages of your time in our program, such as:

  • Baby Items
  • Safety/Childproofing Kits
  • Books
  • Gift Cards and more….

Contact us to get enrolled. We welcome participants at any stage of pregnancy. It’s not too late for you to add a doula to your support team.

How Can I Sign Up for a Black Infants and Families Doula?

Contact: Michelle Sanders or Ariana White Division of Maternal, Child & Adolescent Health Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

Ph: (213) 639-6448

MSanders@ph.lacounty.gov

AWhite@ph.lacounty.gov


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