Healthy Start Supplement: Community-Based Doulas
This notice announces the opportunity to apply for supplemental funding under the Healthy Start Initiative: Eliminating Disparities in Perinatal Health, also known as the Healthy Start (HS) program. The purpose of the HS program is to improve health outcomes before, during, and after pregnancy, and reduce racial/ethnic differences in rates of infant death and adverse perinatal outcomes. The goal of this supplement is to increase the availability of doulas in Healthy Start service areas most affected by infant and maternal mortality in order to reduce such deaths and decrease such racial/ethnic disparities. Doulas will provide services to women during the periods of pregnancy, birth and at least three (3) months post-partum. Award funds will cover the training, certification, and compensation of doulas. Recipients should demonstrate how doulas will provide culturally responsive pregnancy and childbirth education, early linkage to health care and social services, labor coaching, and b...