#255 Connecting Expectant Parents with Doulas
Pregnancy-related deaths are higher in the United States than in any other developed country, and much can be done to improve birth outcomes in Baltimore and across the country. https://www.npr.org/2017/05/12/528098789/u-s-has-the-worst-rate-of-maternal-deaths-in-the-developed-world http://www.healthybabiesbaltimore.com/uploads/files/Birth%20Profile%202010_14_general%20public%205_17_2016.pdf
Jun 27, 2022
Sep 25, 2019
Why it matters
Because all parents and babies deserve access to good care that will support them throughout pregnancy, labor and delivery, and the postpartum period.
What does "good" look like?
Good looks like advocating for all parents and babies during and after pregnancy to ensure that they are well cared for. Doulas have been proven to improve birth outcomes and maternal health outcomes, particularly for clients that are people of color; providing doulas to expectant parents could be a key factor in supporting expectant parents and new families. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3647727/ https://healthlaw.org/the-doula-difference-state-and-federal-bills-aim-at-reducing-maternal-health-disparities-through-doula-services/
How could technology solve this?
We could build a web- and mobile-friendly app that allows expectant parents to connect with doulas, understanding how much doula services cost, and provide resources for parents to advocate for themselves throughout pregnancy, etc. Such an app could be developed in collaboration with the Baltimore Doula Project to better understand how it could serve pregnant people in Baltimore. https://www.baltimoredoulaproject.org/