Doula Coordination Community of Practice

A doula is an individual who has been trained to provide physical, emotional and educational support but not medical or midwifery care to pregnant persons before, during and after a pregnancy. Doulas provide support and advocacy for the family’s well-being.

The Doula Coordination Community of Practice was facilitated by LPHI and Healthy Blue. Across multiple parishes, doulas and healthcare providers completed activities including learning sessions. Participants learned from regional and national experts and participated in coaching calls to better the collaboration between doulas and healthcare providers.

Community of Practice Spotlights

Jessica LeJeune,

Woman’s Hospital, Labor and
Delivery Nurse Manager

“I am so thankful for the new knowledge I gained from participating in the Doula Community of Practice. I was able to speak directly to community doulas and hear the struggles they face.”

Nanette McCann
Birth Doula

Postpartum Doula and
Certified Pregnancy
Health Coach

“It was important to have the opportunity to discuss the range of Doula activities and scope of practice for the medical community. ”

Dr. Kenneth Brown,

Physician, OB/GYN

“There is incredible evidence which shows that continuous one-on-one emotional
support provided by prenatal and laboring personnel, such as Doulas, is associated with improved birth outcomes and reduced maternal morbidity. ”