Doulas are trained birth assistants who provide non-medical support through pregnancy, labor, and delivery, as well as postpartum care.
The Citywide Doula Initiative (CDI) provides no-cost doula care services to birthing people and families in NYC neighborhoods (TRIE (Taskforce on Racial Inclusion and Equity) neighborhoods) that have been hit hard by health and socioeconomic disparities. The CDI is a key component of the New Family Home Visits (NFHV) program.
The program is voluntary and free to all families regardless of their immigration status. Priority will be given to people who are income-eligible for Medicaid and/or are giving birth for the first time (or the first time in over 10 years), as well as those who have had a previous traumatic birth experience, have no other labor support, live in a shelter, are in foster care, or have a high-risk medical condition.
More information is available online or by mail.
Learn more about doulas, their services, and eligibility for the Citywide Doula Initiative (CDI).
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