Our Vision

Thriving children. Healthy families. Powerful communities.

Our Mission

Open Arms provides community-based support during pregnancy, birth, and early parenting to nurture strong foundations that last a lifetime.

Working in the Puget Sound region since 1997, Open Arms Perinatal Services is a nonprofit focused on strong community-based support for women through pregnancy, birth, and early childhood. We currently support 17 different languages, and serve over 300 new mothers and over 300 babies each year. We carefully pair clients with trained doulas who are a cultural and/or language match whenever possible. Open Arms has served over 3,000 clients and conducted over 22,000 home visits to help improve maternal and infant health, as well as build healthy foundations for early learning. Open Arms is the leading non-profit providing doula services specifically for pregnant and parenting families in Washington State who are facing poverty. CLICK HERE for a one-page program overview.

Doulas are trained community health workers who provide physical, emotional, and informational support to pregnant people before, during and after childbirth. Community Health Workers (CHWs), such as the birth and outreach doulas offered by Open Arms, have a unique ability to reach and work with communities affected by inequity. As trusted members of the communities they serve, doulas are intermediaries between the health care and social services systems and community members, while helping to ensure that services are provided in a culturally-appropriate way. Today’s doulas are trained to provide emotional and physical support during labor, as well as advice and support during pregnancy and in the early postpartum period. They complement medical providers such as doctors, nurses, and midwives. All of our ethnically-diverse, multilingual doulas receive extensive training through established local training and certification programs.

Pregnancy, birth, and early childhood are pivotal times when positive impact is most profound—and when the cost of being unsupported is equally profound.

Through doula care, education, and new mother support groups, we achieve greater physical and emotional health for mom and baby, strengthen crucial mother-baby bonding, and boost long-term parenting skills.

Our unique programs include home visits during pregnancy, on-site support at birth, and continued postpartum support into early childhood. Our Birth Doula services program supports clients up to three months postpartum. Our Community-Based Outreach Doula Program provides culturally and linguistically matched support and early parenting education up to two years after a baby is born.

“My doulas helped create and support an environment of love, humor, reverence and confidence for us, and I recall my labor with feelings of joy and triumph. I wish all women would enjoy such a gift!”

The Open Arms Community-Based Outreach Doula Program is nationally accredited by HealthConnect One. Ours is the first community-based doula program in the nation to achieve national accreditation, validating our community-centered approach, and affirming the excellence, quality, and follow-through of our mission. This home visiting program uses Promoting First Relationships, an evidence-based curriculum shown in rigorous clinical trials to significantly improve observed parental sensitivity, improve parent knowledge of child social and emotional needs, improve child behavior and child stress physiology, and improve child welfare outcomes.

Partner Spotlight

Open Arms partners with many organizations that share commitment to supporting pregnant parents, healthy babies, and thriving communities. See the full list of partners

Heartfelt gratitude to local partner WestSide Baby. In one year, WestSide Baby has provided supplies for 74 Open Arms families — that’s over $15,000 in support.