Open Arms connects expectant and new parents to Outreach Doulas from their community that are trained to provide support during the sensitive first months of pregnancy through a child’s second birthday.
This long-term support provides firm links within a community and extends the support of a doula from the time that a person learns of the pregnancy through the years when babies and families grow and change the most.
This program is community-based support at its strongest: linking doulas who are from the same community as their clients and who are able to bridge cultural and language barriers to meet health needs. Currently the Outreach Doula program serves the African American, Latina, Native (American Indian/Alaska Native), and Somali communities.
Our outreach doulas are creative in supporting clients according to their individual needs and the needs of the community. They serve many roles for the families with whom they work – not only in support of pregnancy, birth, and postpartum, but also in the role of cultural navigator, “walking alongside” pregnant and parenting families to help them navigate and access resources for their children so that they can support their children’s early learning, right from the beginning of life.
The Outreach Doula program is nationally accredited through HealthConnect One and was the first community doula program in the nation to achieve accreditation. National accreditation validates our community-centered approach to providing services to families and affirms the excellence and quality of our program. 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.
If you’re interested in our Outreach Doula services, please fill out our online referral form. If you are unable to use the online form, referrals can still be made by submitting this printable referral form via email firstname.lastname@example.org, fax 206-257-4146, or by calling the Intake line at 206-866-0729 (Se habla Español).