Doula Project 2.0: Increasing the Use of Doulas by Underserved Communities


Birth doulas help fill structural gaps in prenatal and maternal health care particularly in underserved communities. In our initial study on doulas conducted in year 2 of the HWRC, we examined the role of a doula, how they are trained, where they work, and what populations they serve. This study builds on that prior work by focusing on doulas who work with underserved and marginalized communities. We will gather data about the opportunities and challenges doulas face when serving underserved communities including the role of precarious wages, high turnover rates, and effects of institutionalized racism on health equity.

Lead Researcher: Marieke van Eijk, PhD
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HRSA: HWRC Health Equity



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