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To provide services which support, educate, respect, honor and empower women and their families from pregnancy through birth, and into early parenting.
Open Arms Perinatal Services is an innovative nonprofit dedicated to providing strong community- based support for women through pregnancy, birth and postpartum. The time around the birth of a baby is a transformational time for most women and offers a tremendous opportunity to support families in getting the best start in life. Through doula care and breastfeeding peer support, we achieve better health outcomes, strengthen mother-baby bonding and increase parental self-advocacy skills. Our unique services include home visits beginning during pregnancy, attendance at the birth of the baby and ongoing support, referrals and education up to two years after a baby is born. We carefully match clients to care providers, and we have the capacity to work with clients in fifteen different languages. Our work is foundational for maternal -infant health and early learning efforts.
Why focus on pregnancy, birth and postpartum?
Positive social and educational support during this time can have a tremendous impact on the health and well-being of new mothers and their families.
Research shows women who have doula support have fewer complications such as C-sections, lower rates of postpartum depression and are more likely to breastfeed.
When a mom receives good support during birth and early postpartum, she's more likely to attach well to her baby - and this decreases the risk of infant mortality and early child abuse and neglect.
Parent-child attachment is an essential element in creating a solid foundation that ensures that children thrive in their learning and readiness for kindergarten and beyond.
- Lisa Foss
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