Emerging Practice


State/Jurisdiction: South Carolina
Setting: Community Home
Population: Adolescents & Young Adults Women & Maternal
Topic Area: Birth Outcomes
NPMs: NPM 2: Low-Risk Cesarean Delivery

BirthMatters reduces teen pregnancy through reproductive health education and empowers young adults to raise healthy families through doulas utilizing the community health worker (CHW) model. BirthMatters’ community-based doulas are cross-trained as CHWs to provide individually tailored, culturally congruent care and advocacy for pregnant and postpartum participants through information, education, and physical, social, and emotional support. BirthMatters is an accredited HealthConnect One site and combines the Community Doula model with the SC CHW Association’s CHW core competencies. Starting by 24 weeks gestation through the first postpartum year, CDs meet with their clients approximately 45 times in their home or the healthcare setting. In addition, they provide continuous support during labor and delivery.

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