Diverse Doula Project
The Diverse Doula Project is a community based doula program dedicated to creating spaces for diverse doulas, especially Black, Indigenous, Latino/a/x, Asian and other racially and linguistically diverse, underrepresented doulas, to reclaim, celebrate, and receive mentorship and emotional support to practice their cultural and traditional birth and postpartum models of care. Based on client requests and preferences, DDP matches expectant parents with culturally specific doulas to help families successfully navigate and mitigate social determinants of health such as racism, stress, poverty, education, employment, housing, and access to other culturally specific services.
What is a Community Based Doula
A community based doula is a trusted member of their respective community who is:
- Dual trained to provide both birth and postpartum support
- Provides more prenatal and postpartum visits
Community Based Doulas identify as members of racial, ethnic, linguistic, religious, LGBTQ, or lived experience (addictions, homelessness, DV/IPV, teen pregnancy, refugee, military, incarcerated, etc.) community that they serve.
As an organization, Community Doula Alliance uses a reproductive, economic justice, and racial equity framework in order to increase awareness and promote the number of Black, Indigenous & Latino/a/x doulas in the workforce.
Maria (Cleme) Martinez
pregnancy, birth and postpartum journeys.