The Missouri Community Doula Council
We advocate for Missouri’s most vulnerable families by ensuring access to culturally congruent, community-based doula services for Black women.
Research has shown that the use of doulas does result in the improvement of perinatal outcomes for families. Black women need doulas that see, hear, and understand them and that can help them navigate the murky waters of our current health system.
We understand the tremendous role that systemic racism plays in health inequity. As the Missouri Community Doula Council, we understand that restoration and transformation are needed to heal our broken healthcare system. Doulas caring for families must understand the full spectrum of risk that birthing bodies face when they enter this system of care.
Culturally Congruent Community-based Doulas (CCCDs) provide care in a way that is nurturing, relevant and familiar for those receiving it. We are working to ensure that Black pregnant women receive this level of care in their Missouri communities, and that doulas providing these services are accessible to all families, paid their worth, protected and uplifted.
Providing amplitude for the state discourse on maternal & infant health.
Supporting candidates of color as they pursue careers in the doula profession.
Serving as a vanguard for perinatal innovation and problem-solving.
Standing as a resource for others who desire insights into our community values and cultures.
Representing the concerns and desires of communities of color in Black maternal and infant health in the state of Missouri.
Promoting doula science as a topic of increased study and understanding in the social and biosciences.
Working to eliminate barriers to doulas in communities of color.
Promoting culturally congruent care models for communities of color among doula service providers.
Illuminating the doula profession with the presence of state level leadership of color.
Because Black women need doulas that see, hear, and understand them and that can help them navigate the murky waters of our current health system.
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