Henrico County offers a free community-based doula program for pregnant Black and African American people. A community-based doula is a trained, nonmedical health worker and member of the local and cultural community they serve. The continuous physical, emotional and educational support to pregnant people before, during and shortly after childbirth helps them achieve the healthiest, most satisfying birth experience possible.
Doulas have been proven to help decrease the maternal morbidity, mortality and negative birthing experience that disproportionately impact people of color. Black Maternal Health Week is recognized this year April 11-17.
Learn more about the free community-based doula support services, program qualifications and enrollment: