Open Arms Outreach Doula Program…program details, Our one-of-a-kind team of community based outreach outreach doulas support… communities supported…starting in the third trimester, through labor and delivery, and until the child’s second birthday.
The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically shifted the way our community based outreach doulas support their families. Our outreach doulas have been creative in supporting clients according to their individual needs and the needs of the community and have found ways to adapt to life in the pandemic. The majority of their visits have been virtual….lead into their stories…
Hawa, one of our Community-based Outreach Doulas serving the Somali community, continues to tirelessly work to support maternal health outcomes for her community. Over the last 10 plus years she has served her community, the family’s she supports have a 95% lactation at birth rate. Hawa has supported 45 births with over 75% of those births being vaginal and over 90% of them healthy births. Hawa exemplifies how Open Arms works to help families and communities thrive.
Jacqueline is our newest Community-based Outreach Doula serving the African American community. She has only been with us for 4 months and already has a full caseload! Typically, new CBOD’s are able to onboard one family every other month, resulting in a full caseload by two years. Jacqueline has leaped directly into her work with our program and we cannot be more thrilled with her dedication and passion for the work.
We often say our Outreach Doula’s go above and beyond for their families. When it comes to Kristin, we truly mean that. Kristin will go to the ends of state for her clients as she displayed recently. She drove over 200 miles to support a family who had an urgent need. While this trip was a one-time emergency support, it exemplifies her willingness to support her families however necessary to support them thriving.
Loida Ginocchio Silva
Loida is a Community-based Outreach Doula serving families with roots in Latin America. Loida has a heart and mind for justice. She passionately pursues abolishing any injustice’s she witnesses and fights for liberation for all. Loida has provided intense support for her communities throughout COVID-19. For some families, this has meant Loida has been in contact with them daily to reduce their isolation. For others, Loida has cooked homemade cultural foods to and arranged meal trains for isolated or ill community members. Loida has taught herself new virtual platforms to support linking her families with community resources even when faced with constant barriers and roadblocks. Loida is a passionate advocate for her community and we are honored to have her on the team.
We are so proud to announce that Margarita, one of our Community-based Outreach Doulas serving the Latinx community, has earned her Promoting First Relationships Trainer Certificate. This will allow her to share her wisdom and expertise with our Community-based Outreach Doula team and mentor them through the PFR certification process. Margarita has been conducting PFR with the families she serves for many years and has seen the incredible value of the curriculum with families. She is excited to support the team in their PFR learning journey and facilitate the re-integration of PFR into the CBOD curriculum.
Su’ad, one of our Community-based Outreach Doulas, was recently nominated for 206 Rising’s “2021 Who’s Rising” Award. As all that know her will attest, she is a tireless advocate for the health and wellbeing of her community. In her work as an Outreach Doula, she supports family’s physical, mental, and spiritual health. She is an effervescent presence in our Open Arms Family and always knows how to make us laugh. We are so proud to have her on our team and honor the support she provides for her families.