Statement of Anti-Racist Solidarity
The Southeast Michigan Doula Project stands in solidarity against racist systemic violence and oppression and the recent crimes committed against Black people around the nation as well as right here in Southeast Michigan. We stand with those calling for justice after the recent murders of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, as well as countless other acts of violence against Black and minority communities. As an organization whose mission is to improve the prenatal, birth, and postpartum experiences of underserved communities, we recognize that reproductive justice is racial justice. In Detroit, Black pregnant people are 4.5 times more likely to die in childbirth than their white counterparts. Nationally Black pregnant people are three to four times more likely to die due to pregnancy-related causes than their white counterparts. The ongoing inequities in health outcomes that Black people suffer, police brutality, and the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on the Black community, necessitate that we continue to fight for reproductive justice and health equity. SMDP commits to centering anti-racist practices in our services. We have a responsibility to recognize acts of injustice and to continuously work towards solutions, reparations, equity, and justice. We continue to strive towards the mission that everyone has the right to birth and parent with dignity and that Black lives matter.
SMDP Covid-19 Update
The Southeast Michigan Doula Project is dedicated to ensuring the health and safety of its clients and volunteer doulas. We recognize that the Covid-19 virus presents unique challenges and are committed to continuing to provide evidence-based care for our clients while navigating the current public health landscape.
Beginning March 23, SMDP will continue to offer prenatal and postpartum support via video, phone, or text/email. We will not be offering physical labor support due to heightened restrictions and health and safety concerns. This change in policy will remain in effect for all births with an estimated delivery date before July 1, 2020.
We expect to resume matching for physical labor support in June for those clients with estimated delivery dates after July 1, 2020. However, our primary concern is ensuring the health of our clients and doulas. We will stay abreast of the evolving situation with COVID-19 to make sure we do not resume full services until it is safe for everyone involved.
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To improve the prenatal, birth, and postpartum experiences for low-income women and teens by providing comprehensive, compassionate, and evidence-based doula services.
How We Support You
We believe that everyone deserves access to a doula, even if they cannot afford one. We provide prenatal, birth and postpartum doula services to low-income families in need in Southeast Michigan. Our wonderful volunteers are the heart and soul of the Doula Project. Each of our skilled and caring doulas provides a minimum of one prenatal visit, attendance at the birth, and one postpartum visit .