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MDC's goal for 2024 is to ensure that legislators, public health professionals, perinatal care providers and interested community organizations have a strong understanding of:

    • What a doula does (and does not do).

    • How doulas can positively impact perinatal outcomes for Maine people.

    • Why diversity within the doula workforce is critical for providing services that are relevant to the communities we serve.

    • How the specific demands and on-call nature of birth doula work requires economic stability and can create barriers for a diverse and sustainable doula workforce.

MDC works toward providing education via participation in statewide and regional conferences and by membership and participation in groups such as the Perinatal Quality Collaborative (PQC4ME), the Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF), the Rural Maternal and Obstetric Management Strategies (RMOMS), the Maternal, Fetal and Infant Mortality Review Panel (MMRC/MFIMR), the Maine State Breastfeeding Coalition Advocacy Group (MSBC) and the Perinatal Systems of Care Work Group. We strive to create a culture of integration and collaboration with existing organizations and groups in the state who are involved with perinatal care.

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