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Celebrating International Doula Month: Empowering Births Everywhere

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International Doula Month spotlights the critical role Doulas play in supporting birthing individuals during one of the most transformative experiences of their lives.

May marks International Doula Month, a time to celebrate and raise awareness about the vital contributions of Doulas in the childbirth process. The month-long recognition originated to acknowledge and appreciate the compassionate care and support Doulas provide and to encourage us to consider their significant impact on maternal and infant health outcomes.

Doulas offer families emotional, physical, and informational support before, during, and after childbirth. Their presence is proven to reduce the incidence of interventions during childbirth and improve overall satisfaction with the birth experience.

Here are five ways you can celebrate and recognize International Doula Month:

  1. Educate Yourself and Others: Learn about the role of Doulas and share your knowledge with friends and family. Awareness is the first step toward appreciation.

  2. Support Doula Training: Consider donating to organizations like Chicago Volunteer Doulas, which provides crucial education and training for Doulas and services for clients, often focusing on underserved communities.

  3. Advocate for Birth Justice: Use your voice to support policies promoting birth justice and healthcare equity, ensuring every birthing individual has access to the support they need.

  4. Attend Events: Many organizations hold events during International Doula Month. Show your support by participating in workshops, talks, and other activities.

  5. Thank Doula Providers: If you know a Doula, take a moment to thank them for their dedication and hard work. A small gesture can mean a lot.

The support for Doulas also extends to funding their education and backing organizations that stand in the gaps for birth justice and healthcare equity. By empowering Doulas, we empower families.


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