The Healthy Start program provides access to Medicaid medical coverage to pregnant women and to children up to age 19 who live in households with incomes at or below 250% of the federal poverty level.
The word “doula” comes from the ancient Greek meaning “a woman who serves” and is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth; or who provides emotional and practical support during the postpartum period.
Studies have shown that when doulas attend birth, labors are shorter with fewer complications, babies are healthier and they breastfeed more easily.
Are you considering using a doula for your home or hospital birth? Check out Birth Partners of Connecticut or do a search for other local providers, like Kristin Taylor (who is a local postpartum doula).
Are you thinking about a home birth and are looking for more information? Check out this article by one of our bloggers.