Milwaukee Health Department’s BOMB Doula Program Celebrates World Doula Week
MILWAUKEE – World Doula Week is celebrated annually from March 22 through March 28. This worldwide celebration of doulas is an opportunity to empower and educate on the important physiological, emotional, and psychological support doulas provide to women and birthing people.
There are a lot of similarities between doulas and midwives but some very important differences. The important distinction is that midwives are trained to perform medical tasks, like testing, cervical exams, and delivering babies. Their concern is the health and safety of the parent and the baby. A doula, on the other hand, is solely focused on the birthing person’s emotional and physical well-being without doing any hands-on medical tasks.
The Milwaukee Health Department’s BOMB (Birth Outcomes Made Better) Doula program was created in 2019 to support healthy pregnancies and nurture healthy babies in the city of Milwaukee. After overcoming challenges during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the program has continued to see growth. Since its inception, the program has served 171 Milwaukee families. By May 1, 2023, the program will consist of a program manager, coordinator, four Milwaukee Health Department doulas, and two community doulas.
Services through the BOMB Doula program are available to any city of Milwaukee resident who is at or before 30 weeks pregnant. Clients who participate will have a doula through birth and 12 weeks postpartum. The doula services through the Milwaukee Health Department are available at no cost to the families and don’t require health insurance coverage.
Any city of Milwaukee resident interested in learning more can visit the BOMB Doula page on the Milwaukee Health Department website and fill out a referral form, or call the program directly at 414-286-8620.