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  • "Our Communities Hold the Solutions": The Importance of Full-Spectrum Doulas to Reproductive Health and Justice

    REPORT | Doulas provide invaluable support to pregnant and birthing people - but doula support is available across a wide variety of experiences, including abortion, miscarriage, and stillbirth. The people who provide this essential care are commonly called full-spectrum doulas.

  • Our Communities Hold the Solutions - Recommendations for Congress

    BRIEF | Full-spectrum doulas are more important than ever in the post-Roe landscape.

  • Improving Our Maternity Care Now Through Doula Support

    PDF | This report outlines the evidence that supports the unique value of doula support across different communities, the safety and effectiveness of doula support in improving maternal and infant outcomes, the interest of birthing women and people in use of doula support, and the current availability of, and access to, doula services in the United States. We also provide recommendations for key decisionmakers in public and private sectors to help support and increase access to doula services.

  • Spotlight on Success: Open Arms Perinatal Services

    CASE STUDY | Open Arms Perinatal Services illustrates how community doulas who provide extended support from pregnancy through the postpartum and early childhood periods can dramatically improve the health of childbearing women and people and their babies. Open Arms hires doulas directly from the communities it serves.

  • Executive Summary: Improving Maternity Care Through Doula Support

    Executive Summary | Improving Our Maternity Care Now Through Doula Support outlines the evidence that supports the unique value of doula support across different communities, the safety and effectiveness of doula support in improving maternal and infant outcomes, the interest of birthing women and people in use of doula support, and the current availability of, and access to, doula services in the United States.

  • Spotlight on Success: Tewa Women United

    CASE STUDY | Tewa Women United (TWU) is a multicultural and multiracial, Indigenous/Tewa-women-created and -led organization located in the ancestral Tewa homelands of northern New Mexico. TWU embodies courageous spaces that center Indigenous women and girls to connect with ancestral knowingness, healing strengths, and lifeways for the well-being of all.

  • Recommendations to Increase Access to Doula Support

    Improving Our Maternity Care Now Through Doula Support - Recommendations | There is a strong evidence base to support including doula services in the standard package of essential maternity care services available to all pregnant, birthing, and parenting women and people. Culturally congruent doulas appear to offer exceptional benefits to women of color and other groups facing structural, institutional, and interpersonal discrimination.

  • State Abortion Bans Could Harm Nearly 15 Million Women of Color

    ISSUE BRIEF | Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization is a decision that is about access to essential healthcare, but also much more than that. It is, at its core, a decision — deeply rooted in sexism and racism — about the role women and people who can become pregnant play in our society. It is a decision about their futures and possibilities, their opportunities and dreams.(PDF)

  • Health Care Costs Will Rise if ACA's Premium Tax Credits Expire

    American Rescue Plan Act ACA Premium Tax Credits (PTCs) are set to expire this year. At a time of rising costs for families, in particular for families of color and families with low incomes, a jump in the cost of health premiums could force millions to become uninsured. Congress must act to extend these affordability measures for the following six reasons.

  • This Mother's Day, Moms Need Child Care, Paid Leave and Protections While Pregnant

    When the pandemic hit and schools and child care centers closed, nursing and adult care facilities became unsafe, and people began falling ill, each family was left to figure things out on its own. For the most part, the increased burden of care fell on women...

  • Recommendations to Increase Access to Community Birth Settings

    For many pregnant people, community birth options offer better care, more positive experiences, improved health outcomes, and potential cost benefits. Given this track record and the increasing use of, and unmet need for, this model of care, decision-makers should act to make it widely available to lower-risk pregnant people who desire it. Above all, it is urgent to scale up access to this high-value model of care as an essential way to advance birth justice and mitigate the nation’s maternal health crisis.

  • Spotlight on Success: Roots Community Birth Center

    The Roots Community Birth Center demonstrates the exceptional value of community-based and -led forms of the birth center model for communities disadvantaged by structural racism, intergenerational underinvestment, and other forms of discrimination.

  • Improving Our Maternity Care Now Through Community Birth Settings

    This report outlines the evidence that supports the unique value of community birth settings across different communities, the safety and effectiveness of care in these settings in improving maternal and infant outcomes, the interest of birthing people in use of birth centers and home birth care, and the current availability of, and access to, birth centers and home birth care in the United States.

  • Recommendations to Increase Access to Midwifery Care

    Midwives have a distinctive, dignifying, person-centered, skilled model of care and an exemplary track record. They are an important part of the solution to the nation’s need for a higher-performing maternity care system and shortage of maternity care providers. However, there are barriers to enabling more childbearing people and families to experience benefits of midwifery care and to diversifying the profession of midwifery.

  • Executive Summary: Improving Maternity Care Through Community Birth Settings

    Research shows that there are specific care models that can make a concrete difference in improving maternity care quality and producing better outcomes, including for birthing People of Color. One of these is the care provided in community birth settings, an increasingly used term for both birth centers and home birth care.

  • Using Paid Sick Days for Medication Abortion

    Everyone needs time to access health care without threatening their economic stability. Paid sick days allow a person to recover from short-term illnesses, access preventive care, undergo a basic medical procedure, or care for a sick child or family member. Yet more than 26 million people — nearly one in four private sector workers1 — do not have a single paid sick day.

  • Report: Patient & Family Engagement

    Report on Patient and Family Engagement: Improving Health and Advancing Equity

  • Infographic: Shared Decision Making

    Myth Busters Shared Decision-Making

  • Toolkit: Patient & Family Engagement

    Getting Started Toolkit for Patient and Family Engagement: Improving Health and Advancing Equity

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