Pre-Post Natal Programming Services
A doula is an intermediary between the health care and social services systems, and community members, helping to ensure that services are provided in a culturally appropriate way.
We are proud to have the opportunity to establish a system which will make doula care and support available to families, to whom it may otherwise not be accessible, due to rural locations, or financial barriers. This program will build resilience, confidence, peer to peer connection, and in doing so, establish healthy foundations for families.
Creating a network of support for new moms is empowering and can address the social determinants of health in unique ways.
All our programs are culturally sensitive.
Doula Led Outreach is Coordinated through Community Health Centres and Associations. If your community is looking to initiate programing, please contact our office to arrange a meeting with Casie Menhinick. She will travel to your community to work with your specific needs. Health Managers will create a list of clients for support and information sessions for weekly home visit, or in office time, for walk in/group. Walk in sessions can be coordinated with one the following: a mothers’ morning out, a healthy cooking class (which also address T2D meal planning), a comfort measure for childbirth, or breastfeeding support.
About Our Program
About Our Program
Casie Menhinick who has held accreditation with DONA International for a decade will administer the program. She is also an active member with the BC Doula Service Association.
Services offered will be composed mostly of one on one support via home visits and group support as necessary, to reduce isolation and establish meaningful connections with mothers in their community. The foundation of our outreach package is providing evidence-based education and support. We look forward to creating healthy trusting relationships between the doula and the mother in order to address the maternal health. We are especially passionate to provide support for community that can be challenged by disparity present in marginalized and vulnerable mothers and infants. The support of a doula helps foster healthy connections and attachment between the mother and child, creating the basis for a healthy family. This can significantly decrease medical interventions during birth.
Surveys will be distributed before and after care to determine changes in overall satisfaction levels, looking specifically at the feelings of support and connection, which will be provided to group leaders for future program planning.
- To increase the rates of extended and exclusive breastfeeding
- To reduce the rates of low birth weight and prematurity
- To reduce the rates of caesarean section unless medically necessary
- To help reduce social isolation in our maternal population
- To promote healthy pregnancy through childbirth education
- To Collaborate with community stakeholders/institutions and use a diverse team approach
Community-Based Doula Programs improve infant health, strengthen families, and establish supports to ensure ongoing family success.
Improved prenatal care *Increased breastfeeding rates *Fewer medical interventions*Fewer caesarean-section deliveries *Increased parent-child interaction *More positive birth experiences *Improved parenting skills
A home visit curriculum guides the doula home visits, in familiarizing their clients to a variety of topics, including but not limited to:
- Fetal growth and development
- Emotional health, postpartum depression
- Attachment and bonding
- Relationship health
- Family Budgeting
- Prenatal Nutrition
- Birth Planning
- Childbirth Education
- Physical Activity in Pregnancy
- Postpartum Planning
- Social Supports
- Infant Care
- Infant Safety for the home
- Postpartum Care of Mother
- Postpartum Support and Education for Partners
- Promoting Parent awareness of their child’s needs and cues, while acknowledging the parent as the expert in knowing their child
Program Packages are available for 4 to 6 months duration, 1 day per week, for 8 hours of service in the community.
Birth Doula Support Services such as on call support from 37 weeks, and doula support during birth, are available to families, although there are no obligations. This is a separate support package from outreach work that can be discussed with families that are interested.