Doula Support Program

Offering you individualized emotional support and education throughout pregnancy, birth, and up to 12 months postpartum.

The Doula Support Program supports pregnant and postpartum parents, with a focus on those parents with a history of substance use disorder.

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What is a doula? A doula is a trained professional who provides non-clinical (and non-judgmental!)  support during your pregnancy, your labor, and delivery, and in the postpartum period—up to a whole year!

Doula support is provided at no cost to you. Services with your doula are voluntary.

Families we serve
  • Pregnant or postpartum parents with a history of or current substance use disorder, including opioid use disorder.
  • Pregnant or postpartum parents involved with the child welfare system, criminal legal system, who have complex medical needs, are experiencing housing insecurity, or other crises that require extended postpartum support.
  • Reach out through the Doula Support Program referral form.
Benefits of Doula Support
  • Increased positive overall labor and delivery experiences.
  • Assistance identifying supportive paths to care for and manage recovery from substance use while parenting.
  • Connection to community resources and referrals to other programs and services.
  • Accompaniment to medical/other appointments for you and baby.
  • Advocacy with healthcare providers, ensuring you are clear about what is happening and coming up with questions to ask.
  • Help to design a birth plan that works for you.
Doula Support includes
  • Continuous support throughout labor and delivery.
  • Lactation support and education
  • NICU/Intensive Care Nursery support if your baby is admitted.
  • Support and Advocacy for families who are DHS involved. Support in working towards reunification in the event of separation of the child.
  • Monthly diapers, wipes and other supplies for your baby.
  • Monthly virtual support group for all parents in the Doula Support Program ($25 gift card provided for attending).

Get in touch

Amirah Grasty
Doula Support Program Coordinator
Email: DoulaSupportProgram@phila.gov
Phone: 215-685-5246

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