Open Arms clients say it best:
“I wasn’t alone. My doula spoke Spanish and it helped me understand better what the doctor and nurses were saying to me because I don’t speak English. I am so grateful for my doula.”
“My family gave me love but my doula gave me my strength. I couldn’t do this without her.”
“I wish I had this kind of support when I had my first baby ten years ago. I’ve learned so much – it would have made things really different the first time.”
Imagine giving birth alone in a place where you don’t speak the language! I can’t even imagine, but it happens every day. What is the value of support at such a pivotal time in life? It can’t be measured. This is a time that can change the course of a woman’s life – and that of her newborn baby.
As you know, Open Arms provides services to low-income women, women of color, refugee and immigrant women, and teens. Of our clients, 84% are at one hundred percent of the poverty line or below; 60% are refugees or immigrants; and 27% do not speak English as their primary language. However there are more women asking for services than can be served and those we can’t serve, often go on to birth alone.
We don’t want to turn away clients. We want to have doula support available to every woman who wants one. You can help.
Why do doulas make a difference?
- Pregnancy and birth are a transformative time in the lives of women and their families. Positive social and educational support during this time can have a tremendous impact on the health and well-being of new mothers and their families.
- Research shows women who have doula support have fewer complications such as c-sections, lower rates of postpartum depression, and are more likely to breastfeed.
- When a mom receives good support during birth and early postpartum, she’s more likely to attach well to her baby – and this decreases risk of infant mortality and early child abuse and neglect. It’s so much better to prevent these problems from even occurring!
- Parent/child attachment is an essential element in creating a solid foundation that ensures that children thrive in their learning and readiness for kindergarten.
Open Arms has a challenge for you – by Labor Day, we’d like to fund five doulas for women who would otherwise birth alone. Will you help? Visit our Labor of Love fundraising page and donate to help fund a doula for a woman who needs one.
And if you’d like to help Open Arms by creating a fundraising page of your own, we’d love to have your help! Click the Labor of Love link above, click “I want to raise money too!” and choose “for this nonprofit.” Follow the instructions and help us ensure that every woman who wants one can have a doula.
If you are someone who cares about women’s work, families, birth, early education, child abuse, neglect, infant mortality, postpartum depression, health disparities – please help us give more women support during pregnancy, birth and postpartum. It makes a huge difference!