You Can Help New Moms Overcome Postpartum Mood Disorders

Postpartum Progress’ annual Climb Out of the Darkness® will take place on Saturday, June 18 at hundreds of places worldwide, including several places in Washington State. (Find a climb near you)

Did you know that 1 in 7 pregnant & new moms will have a perinatal mood or anxiety disorder? This walk-for-a-cause event raises awareness of maternal mental illnesses like postpartum depression, postpartum anxiety & OCD, postpartum PTSD, postpartum psychosis, bipolar/peripartum onset, and pregnancy depression and anxiety. A portion of the proceeds will support Open Arms.

How you can help:

  1. Participate in a local climb or start your own climb. There are several climbs throughout Washington in areas such as Seattle, Maple Valley, Everett/Lake Stevens, Whidbey Island, Bellingham, Camano Island, Lynnwood, Redmond/Bellevue, and Vancouver.
  2. Spread the word. Once you sign up, ask your friends to sponsor your climb by donating to your team’s event page.
  3. Can’t make the climb? Fundraise as a “couch climber.” Visit the registration page and select “Couch Climb.”

Thank you for bringing hope and recovery to mothers and families and for giving them the healthy and strong start they deserve.


Our Outreach Doula Program is Expanding

IMG_1304_captionOpen Arms is honored to be one of seven community organizations to receive new funding from Thrive Washington to expand our home visiting program to serve King County families receiving support through the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).

This funding combines Washington state’s nationally recognized home visiting efforts and the state-administered Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. Partners include Thrive Washington, Department of Early Learning, Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) and the Department of Commerce.

This award identified our nationally-recognized Community-Based Outreach Doula program as an effective model in supporting low-income families. Our culturally and linguistically-matched doulas support low-income women during pregnancy, birth, and up to two years post-partum.

Our program promotes and sustains breastfeeding, fosters early parenting skills, strengthens parent-child bonds, and lays strong foundations for early learning. Thanks to this significant grant award of over $148,000, Open Arms will expand our Outreach Doula program and:

  • Train 20 Somali, Latino, African American, and Native women to become outreach doulas and serve their communities as community health workers.
  • Hire an outreach doula specifically to support African American clients.
  • Increase our staffing to serve more Somali and Latino clients.
  • Ultimately triple the size of our Outreach Doula Program.

“This funding opportunity represents a shift in health and early learning policy and philanthropy toward real community and parent engagement, and sends a clear message about racial equity,” said Rachel Abramson, Executive Director of HealthConnect One, which is based in Chicago.

This amazing milestone represents a unique affirmation of our innovative program model and approach to furthering racial equity and social justice. Thanks to the support of our donors and friends through the years, you have helped us attain the local, state, and national recognition we enjoy today.

You are the reason we have been able to stay fearless and innovative. You have helped to build Open Arms into a community treasure. On behalf of all the pregnant people, children and families we serve, thank you for all you do.


Birth Doula Orientation

Want to become an Open Arms Birth Doula? Once you’ve completed a Birth Doula Training, attend one of Open Arms’ orientations! Get more information and sign up for an orientation.

  • Friday, February 19, 2016
  • Friday, April 15, 2016
  • Friday, June 10, 2016
  • Friday, August 19, 2016
  • Friday, October 21, 2016


Platicas de Apoyo Perinatal Support Groups

We provide perinatal support groups using the Listening Mothers and MotherWoman models of support. Our groups are free of charge and provide culturally relevant and inclusive support for women and families from diverse backgrounds. Drop in welcome, babes in arms welcome, children’s groups and childcare provided. Groups happen on Fridays and will be conducted in Spanish and English.

Fridays, 10:30 AM – 12 PM
Rainier Valley Community Clinic (6061 Martin Luther King Jr Way, Seattle 98118)

  • Spanish Group Dates: 3/18, 4/1, 4/15, 4/29, 5/13, 5/27, 6/10, 6/24, 7/8, 7/22, 8/5, 8/19
  • English Group Dates: TBD


Since 1997, Open Arms Perinatal Services has been providing strong community-based support for women through pregnancy, birth and postpartum. This year we are celebrating 18 wonderful years of serving women, babies, and families throughout the Puget Sound region! Thank you to all our friends and supporters who have partnered with us throughout the years. We are looking forward to many more successful years.

At Open Arms, we believe in the inherent dignity and worth of every mother and baby. We believe in the possibility of every child that is born, and we believe that every mother and every family always have the opportunity to live out that possibility.