Better Beginnings Doula Program
Doula is defined in the Greek language as “mother to the mother,” and doulas provide practical support, mentoring and coaching to young women during their pregnancy, delivery and post-delivery. Birth doulas from the community provide emotional support, physical comfort measures, education and advocacy to young women so that their pregnancy can be as easy and stress-free as possible.
Activities and education are tailored to meet pregnant young women’s needs. Doulas will build a trusting relationship with the expecting young mom through discussion of pregnancy issues or concerns, plans for birth, postpartum support and breast/bottle-feeding education.
A certified doula will meet with the pregnant mom a minimum of three times during pregnancy, accompany the young mom to the hospital and also meet a minimum of three times after the baby is born.
Any expecting young mom up through the age of 21
Time & day
Doulas meet privately at a convenient time and place.
The Individual Support Program is designed to empower pregnant and parenting young moms to achieve independence through customized support and education.
Held at the Young Women’s Resource Center, the Pregnancy and Birth Support Group provides comprehensive pregnancy, labor, birth and postpartum education for young women and their partners.
The weekly Young Mom’s Program provides education and support to parenting young women in the community. Peer-to-peer support, education and a full meal and childcare are provided for the evening Young Mom’s groups at the Young Women’s Resource Center.