The Community-Based Doula Program connects underserved women to doulas, members of the local community trained to provide support during pregnancy, delivery, and the early postpartum period. Doulas serve as a liaison between families and the health care system, aiming to connect families to resources and bridge language and cultural barriers. The model is based on the belief that intervening during this period can foster women’s confidence and create long-term support networks.
The Community-Based Doula Program uses a range of service delivery methods to support women. Services are provided at hospitals and clinics, at home, and by telephone. The HomVEE review is based on Community-Based Doula Programs in which home visiting was the primary service delivery strategy.