Pass Governor Inslee’s proposed budget for doula services!

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A doula is a trained professional who provides continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to the mother before, during, and shortly after childbirth to help her achieve the healthiest and most satisfying birth experience possible.

Doula services have been shown to improve perinatal outcomes and reduce negative outcomes amongst communities affected by disparities.

The use of a doula is not only beneficial for the client, but it is also beneficial for the state in saving hundreds of dollars in avoidable interventions.

Having a doula:

• Decreases need for a cesarean as the primary option for first-time moms.

•Increases rate of vaginal birth after a C-section for those who desire it.

• Increases initiation and duration of breastfeeding. Higher breastfeeding rates lead to both short and long term cost savings for both mother and baby in the form of avoided illness and chronic disease.

• Decreased utilization of neonatal intensive care unit or NICU.

Governor Inslee has included doula services in his 2019-2021 budgets. Now it is up to our legislators to include doula services as part of Maternity Support Services. Please help to sign this petition urging our Washington State legislators to pass the governor’s proposed budget for doula services.