The Doula Project

The Doula Project

The Doula Project is a partnership program between Black Hawk County Public Health, Iowa Department of Health and Human Services and Allen Women's Health Center. The goal of the project is to support the health and well-being of African American/Black-identifying mothers, children, and families by connecting pregnant persons to high-quality and equitable health services.

The Project recognizes disparities in maternal health outcomes among African American and Black-identifying individuals in Iowa and seeks to reduce these inequalities by developing  community-based doula services for pregnant people, that supports effective interactions between the expectant mother and their OBGYN within this demographic.

A doula is a trained, non-medical professional that will provide continuous emotional and physical support to the mother before, during, and after childbirth. The doula will live in the same area as the pregnant person and will facilitate the best possible birth experience for the mother and child.

  • Birth Plan Education
  • Labor/Delivery* Support
    *Labor and delivery can be done at any health care system.
  • Breastfeeding Support
  • Help navigating the Health Care System
  • Pre and Post Birth Support

The CDC Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant and Mid-Iowa Health Foundation are providing funding support for the Doula Project model run--which launched in 2021--in Black Hawk, Dubuque, Polk, and Scott counties.

For more information about connecting with a doula in Black Hawk County, call Black Hawk County Public Health at 319-291-2413 or Allen Women's Health Center at 319-235-5090.

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