Mothers connected with a doula team or receiving MHN support services.
Our doulas have attended and supported moms at 9 deliveries so far.
With one set of twins so far, we have had the pleasure of loving on 10 babies so far.
We have completed 4 Birth Doula Trainings since June of 2023. Our FIFTH training will be held December 7, 8, and 9, 2023 at the Baton Rouge General*
1st Training - 17 Doulas
2nd Training - 18 Doulas
3rd Training - 19 Doulas
4th Training - 18 Doulas
*We hope to have 100 doulas trained by the end of 2023.*
Mary's Hands Network is a 501(c)(3)nonprofit organization dedicated to the radical improvement of maternal and newborn health outcomes.
America's statistics around maternal and infant morbidity and mortality are absolutely terrifying. This is especially so in the south where low-income and women of color are 3-4x more likely to face challenges during pregnancy and childbirth. Doula support is an evidence-based source of hope and a catalyst for change! Research shows that doula support not only improves birth outcomes, it also increases breastfeeding rates, decreases cesarean sections, and increases satisfaction with birth.
Doulas offer culturally competent physical and emotional support, share important information, and advocate for a mother's wishes. They also provide prenatal and postpartum assistance, including childbirth education, anticipatory guidance, breastfeeding support, and much more.
Our organization has taken numerous unique steps to combat the growing disparities within the birth community.
Mary's Hands Network Doula Volunteers are required to wear a standardized uniform scrub jacket while working with our moms. This identifies them to the hospital and birth center staff while on site.
Each of our volunteer doula trainees is provided with a copy of "The Birth Partner", a binder filled with course materials, and a series of "In Joy" workbooks that help guide them through the class.
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There are so many ways to support our mission. Contact us to find out more about volunteer opportunities, fundraising events, and ways to get our message to your friends and family.