Doulas for a Healthier Greater Cleveland: The Case for Normalizing Doula Services in Healthcare

Making Doulas More Accessible and Widely Utilized in Healthcare

The Schubert Center for Child Studies at Case Western Reserve University has partnered with Pediatric Grand Rounds at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital to co-sponsor a lecture on promoting positive pregnancy and infant health outcomes in Greater Cleveland. The event, titled “Community-led Solutions for Promoting Positive Pregnancy and Infant Health Outcomes in Greater Cleveland: Normalizing Access and Utilization of Doulas within Health Systems,” will take place on Thursday, March 28, at 8 a.m. in the Amphitheater at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital.

Virtual attendance is also an option for those interested. The speakers for the event include Angela Newman-White, the executive director of First Year Cleveland, Jazmin Long, the chief operating and development officer at Birthing Beautiful Communities, and Heather Marie Rice, a clinician and professor at Cleveland State University. These speakers are leaders in the fight against infant mortality and for positive maternal outcomes in the greater Cleveland area.

During the lecture, they will provide an update on the activities of First Year Cleveland with a focus on systems-driven solutions. The benefits of doula services and barriers to accessing these services, now covered by Medicaid in Ohio, will be discussed. Tips for healthcare providers and pediatric professionals will also be provided to ensure pregnant women are aware of and seek out the benefits of doula services during their pregnancies.

The Schubert Center for Child Studies facilitates connections between Case Western Reserve faculty, students, researchers, policy experts, and community members whose work impacts children, young people, and families. These events aim to stimulate ongoing dialogues about child-related research, policy

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