This session will provide a review of evidence blended with historical milestones on the value of the Doula and Midwife. Key emphasis will be placed on how these similar yet differing roles compliment a comprehensive model of care that is sorely missing in the United States. Maternity care in the US, as described by the World Health Organization, should place women in the center and provide essential physical resources with competent and motivated staff. Optimal care also includes recognizing the value of continuity of care throughout pregnancy, labor, birth and postpartum. Recommendations for enhancing Doula/Midwife relationships, thereby improving maternal health outcomes while amplifying the opportunity to influence systems change, will be presented.
Much like the path and confusion of the professional of Midwifery the public, professionals, and policy workers understanding of the work of Doulas is ever-changing. As the profession evolves and grows, doulas continue to face hurdles and roadblocks that create barriers to advancement and access to doula support, including equitable reimbursement and affordability for all families. Now is the time, to examine strategies to navigate a rapidly emerging landscape as we lead the way for future generations of doulas. Ginger will offer sage advice, provide in-the-moment recommendations through Q&A, as well some cautionary tales during these changing times.