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March 12, 2009

DC area loses one of its best resources for birthing women

Filed Under: Maryland

In yet another sign that times are tough all over, I'm sad to report that the oustanding and innovative Doula Support Program for women giving birth at the nonprofit Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring is being eliminated due to budget cuts.

Women currently part of the program with due dates up to June 10, don't panic - You are still covered! But after June 10 due-dates, the program will cease to exist. Many of the doulas who have been serving at Holy Cross for years will now be available on a private, contract basis to women birthing there. And there are many other private doulas in the DC area who also take Holy Cross clients.

I applauded this program in both editions of my book as a feature that makes the DC area one of the most progressive places to give birth on the East Coast - just one of the myriad of options available to families here. Many women planned births at Holy Cross specifically because of the doula program.

If you're expecting a baby and considering hiring a doula for support (which I highly recommend, from personal experience!), please check out the pregnancy/birth/postpartum chapter of the Revised Second Edition of my book for referrals... and/or go to www.dona.org to look up DONA-trained doulas serving the DC area. Do your research as early as possible in the pregnancy.... they book up quickly!

Posted by Sarah at 10:19 AM.

2 Comments

That's horrible. The HC Doula Program was a big reason we chose HC. I wouldn't have reached delivery with my twins without the doulas!

I know...It really IS sad. Quite a loss for the DC area.