Springfield Community-Based Doulas
Community-based doulas are trained, knowledgeable labor companions who provide information, support and advocacy to their neighbors.
Springfield Community Based Doulas (SCBD) aim to reduce infant and maternal mortality by increasing the number doulas, that are informed about evidence-based infant and maternity care. We need more doulas for the birthing families in Springfield, MA: a larger pool of individuals trained to do this work who will be paid for their efforts.
SCBD intends to bring professional doula training to Springfield and develop collaborations with individuals and groups working on new models of training and paying doulas.
Springfield, MA infant mortality rate is TWICE the state rate!
Springfield Community-Based doulas believe that the increase of doulas in Springfield, MA will decrease the high infant and maternal mortality rate.
Healthy mothers and infants are birthed through community members empowering each other
"Springfield Community Based Doulas made it possible for me to find support in areas of being a new mother that I never knew I needed. Now I would like to work with them to help other mothers get the help that they deserve."- Tyrra, 2017
At Springfield Community Based Doulas, we prepare community members in Springfield to be eligible for doula certification. The certification process can present barriers to access for individuals in low-paying jobs. Initial and ongoing costs of certification are challenging, and the learning framework more closely resembles traditional academic models than experiential-based programs of evaluation. Bringing in someone like a Doulas of North America International (DONA) trainer that trains community health workers and is interested in making a hybrid training, is a critical step in the right direction.
WANT TO GET INVOLVED?
Springfield Community-Based Doulas is composed of individuals just like you. We welcome anyone who share our vision to join us in the movement to lowering infant and maternal mortality in Springfield, MA. Click below to see how you can help.