The Citywide Doula Initiative is part of the New Family Home Visits Initiative, which provides free access to home visitors and doula support for birthing people and parenting families.
Doulas from this initiative provide professional, no-cost doula services to residents of neighborhoods that have been especially affected by COVID-19.
A doula is a professional, trained childbirth assistant who provides non-medical support.
People giving birth with support from a doula are also more likely to:
To enroll, you must meet both of these requirements:
In addition, the program prioritizes people who:
The below programs provide services as part of the Citywide Doula Initiative. Each program is available only to people who live in the listed ZIP codes or in shelter or foster home within the borough.
Citywide Doula Initiative Apprenticeship Program
The Citywide Doula Initiative's Apprenticeship Program aims to increase the number of community-based doulas who can support clients who are experiencing stress from social, racial and economic inequities. This program helps newly trained doulas become certified and build skills in case management, resource referral and traditional doula care.
For more information about this program, contact the organizations listed in the tabs above.