August 24, 2022
CommUnityCare Health Centers has launched a new Doula Pilot Program to help support its Black patients through pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum.
According to Texas Health and Human Resources in Central Texas, Black mothers rank the highest in maternal mortality and morbidity rates compared to other racial and ethnic groups. Various factors such as access to quality healthcare, underlying chronic conditions and implicit bias contribute to these disparities.
CommUnityCare is dedicated to recognizing the inequities that persistently affect Black women. By partnering with Black Mamas ATX, CommUnityCare is able to launch a one-year pilot program to provide doula care to its Black patients.
“I am thrilled that CommUnityCare has partnered with Black Mamas ATX and is taking the necessary steps towards improving the maternal outcomes for underserved populations in the clinical setting,” said Ebony Williams, Doula for CommUnityCare and Black Mamas ATX. “I believe that providing culturally congruent care/ doula support provides a safe space where Black birthing families can be seen, heard, educated and cared for. This type of equity and care is imperative to reducing the infant/maternal mortality rates amongst Black families.”
CommUnityCare has hired Ebony Williams to become a part of the onsite care team. She will advocate for Black mothers to make informed decisions about their prenatal, birth and postpartum care resulting in better outcomes for mom and baby. The doula will also help families create birth plans and provide emotional and physical comfort throughout birth and postpartum.
“I’m delighted about our collaboration with Black Mamas Doula ATX and the great work flourishing within our OB communities. We began this partnership over two years ago and we are ready to see the launch of our efforts. I am looking forward to seeing our continued growth with the expansion of this project,” said April Arriaga, CommUnityCare OBGYN Senior Practice Administrator.
CommUnityCare is the largest community health system in Central Texas, with more than 27 locations that provide outpatient primary health care, women’s health, dental care, pediatric, specialty care, lab, radiology, mammography, pharmacy, and behavioral health services. CommUnityCare is committed to strengthening the health and wellbeing of the communities it serves.
If you are a CommUnityCare patient, please speak with your OB provider about our doula services. If you are not a CommUnityCare patient, please contact Black Mamas ATX at blackmamasatx.com.