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


Description:

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
Contact Info: mariev2@uw.edu

 

Funder:

HRSA: HWRC Health Equity

 

Status:

Complete

 

Publications/Presentations

Authors Title Type Date Documents/Media
Kett PM, van Eijk MS, Guenther GA, Skillman SM “This work that we’re doing is bigger than ourselves”: A qualitative study with community-based doulas in the United States PUBLICATION 07-07-2022 Article
van Eijk M An Update from HRSA’s Health Workforce Research Centers (HWRCs) PRESENTATION 04-6-2022
Kett PM and Guenther GA Experiences and Work-Related Conditions of Birth Doulas Working in Underserved Communities in the United States. PRESENTATION 05-05-2022
Kett P, van Eijk M, Guenther G, Skillman S. Experiences and Work-related Conditions of Birth Doulas Working in Underserved Communities in the United States PRESENTATION 05-05-2022 Media
Kett PM, van Eijk M, Guenther G, Skillman S Experiences and Work-Related Conditions of Birth Doulas Working in Underserved Communities in the United States PRESENTATION 06-05-2022 Media