Birth Sisters Program
"Thank you for being there in my time of need.
I really appreciate it truly from the bottom of my heart
because times like that it's hard being alone...
I'm sure if other women are in need of a friend,
you will be there."
– Birth Sister Client
Giving birth is a special time in a woman's life. It is a chance to make healthy lifestyle choices for herself and her baby, a time to reach out for needed resources, and an opportunity to form deeper connections with her community. Our Birth Sisters Program is an innovative multi-cultural doula service that offers women "sister-like" support during pregnancy, childbirth and the post-partum period. (The word "doula" comes from the ancient Greek meaning "a woman who serves" and is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth; or who provides emotional and practical support during the postpartum period.)
Trained to give social support to at-risk mothers in their community and connect them to needed resources, Birth Sisters offer prenatal home visits, labor support and help at home after the baby comes. By "mothering the mother", they play an important role in empowering women, their children and their communities.
“Often the first time young mothers hear,
‘You can do it. I believe in you!’
it is from their Birth Sister.
Giving them that message
is important and special.”
– Birth Sister
Dona Rodrigues, CNM