The Atlanta Doula Collective is dedicated to our mission of eliminating Black maternal and infant mortalities in Georgia. We are committed to ensuring that every Black Family has access to affordable doula services, and we strive to facilitate the integration of doulas into the perinatal care teams at all hospitals. The Georgia Black Doula Network (GBDN) is launching in Southwest Georgia, with a specific focus on providing essential support to Black and Indigenous communities located in identified healthcare deserts. Through this endeavor, we aim to increase the local doula workforce and promote its long-term sustainability.
Doulas provides crucial pregnancy support services, ensuring personalized care, empowerment, and advocacy for expectant families. Their presence is instrumental in addressing disparities in maternal and infant health outcomes, promoting positive birth experiences, and fostering overall well-being.
Women who receive continuous support from a doula during childbirth are associated with a 25% reduction in the likelihood of having a cesarean section (C-section) and a 8% increase in the likelihood of a spontaneous vaginal birth.
Women who receive consistent doula support during the postpartum phase report lower rates of postpartum depression. Studies have indicated that the emotional and practical assistance provided by doulas can contribute to improved maternal mental health outcomes during the postpartum phase.
Doulas Serving SW Georgia
Our goal is to address disparities in maternal healthcare for Black families by reducing obstacles to accessing professional Labor Support and Postpartum Support services. When funding is available, we offer a Doula Assistance Fund to help alleviate financial challenges for families in need of these services . Click on the link below to apply.
Why does Georgia need a Black Doula Network?
Addressing Racial Disparities
Black Women in the United States, including Georgia, face higher rates of maternal mortality and morbidity compared to women of other races. The Black Doula network addresses these disparities by providing culturally competent care that understands and addresses the unique challenges faced by Black mothers and their families.
Cultural competency is having an understanding of the cultural and social factors impacting the health and well-being of Black mothers. This is essential in providing holistic and effective support during pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period.
Due to historical and systemic issues, there can be a mistrust of the healthcare system among Black communities. The Georgia Black Doula network helps to build trust by offering a familiar and supportive presence during the childbirth process.
Advocacy and Empowerment
Black women are more vulnerable to having their choices ignored. or overridden in some birthing environments. Black doulas can advocate for the rights and preferences of Black mothers, ensuring that they are empowered to make informed decisions about their healthcare.
Having a diverse group of healthcare professionals, including doulas, is crucial for creating an inclusive and equitable healthcare system. The Georgia Black doula network aims to increase representation, helping to bridge the gap in healthcare disparities.
Black doulas may be better positioned to provide community-specific resources and support networks. This can include connecting mothers with local services, support groups, and other resources that cater to the unique needs of Black Families.
The Georgia Black Doula Network provides educational opportunities to the community, promoting awareness about maternal health issues, birthing options, and postpartum care. This education is vital for empowering Black Families to make informed decisions about their health.