Our work goes beyond supporting people as they give birth, we aim to advocate for changes in which services are provided and how they are delivered to Black and Brown families. Our doulas are rooted in the community we serve with lived experience as birthing people, parents, and caregivers. Doulas of Douglas County was initiated with funds awarded by the Kansas Children’s Cabinet and Trust Fund and receives administrative assistance from Success By 6 Coalition of Douglas County for grant management and fiscal support.
A GLANCE AT DISPARITIES
In Douglas County, Black babies are born at a low birth weight (LBW) at more than twice the rate of white babies. 13.7% vs 6.6%
Nationally, Black and Brown Women die from pregnancy or birth related complications at rates 3 to 4 times higher than White women.
In Douglas County, Hispanic babies die at a rate more than twice that of white infants. 13 per 1000 live births vs. 6 per 1000 live births.
Video produced by Mark Crabtree
Our project was awarded an additional $5,000 for doula stipends in 2021from #BeMoreLikeClaire. Contributions from individuals and organizations like #BeMoreLikeClaire allows our doulas to continue service Black and Brown birthing people at no cost to the family. Check out their 2021 Give Back Bash video featuring Traci and Chloe.
DECREASE IN EPIDURAL USE
INCREASE IN SPONTANEOUS VAGINAL BIRTH