Open Arms serves over 300 pregnant people and their infants each year by offering perinatal and early parenting support services to meet the unique needs of each family through highly qualified, culturally versatile doulas. Our unique award-winning programs include:
- Culturally-sensitive case management to provide baby supplies and other essential needs
- Prenatal support and home visits
- Continuous emotional and physical support throughout labor and delivery
- Postpartum support and home visits
- Breastfeeding/nursing counseling and support
- Parenting education
- Doula support offered in 17 different languages
Our services are free of cost for people living within King County.
We offer three programs to support families in early parenting.
- Birth Doula Services program provides services starting in the third trimester of pregnancy and up to three months after the baby is born.
- Community-Based Outreach Doula Program is a home-visiting program funded through Washington State’s Department of Early Learning. Our nationally accredited program extends support from infant home visits up to a child’s 2nd birthday for Somali, African American, and Latino clients. We support positive early parenting so that emotionally and physically healthy children can enter early childhood programs, and eventually kindergarten, ready to learn and thrive.
- Breastfeeding Peer Counseling and Perinatal Collaborative have a shared goal of helping to improve perinatal health and outcomes for African American, American Indian Alaska Native, Pacific Islander, and rural residents of King County. The Breastfeeding Peer Counseling Program will help to provide free home-based and place-based lactation support to King County families, prioritizing the communities mentioned above. The Perinatal Collaborative brings together midwifery practices, birth workers, lactation experts, and other perinatal professionals: 1) provide culturally-relevant, peer-to-peer educational support via place-based workshops and home visits; 2) free prenatal education and doula services as needed; and 3) referrals to other necessary services and resources to address the life circumstances that may hinder a healthy pregnancy, delivery, and first year of life.