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International Doula Institute Expands Doula Training Program to Address Growing Demand for Doula Support Under Medicaid
Philadelphia, PA – International Doula Institute (IDI) announced today that it will expand its doula training and certification program to meet the growing demand for doula providers under Medicaid. The demand for doulas comes as more states have started to cover doula services under Medicaid, as a means of addressing high infant and maternal mortality rates, particularly in Black and Indigenous people.
Presently, around 780,000 birthing people are covered by Medicaid for doula services, however, these services are underutilized due to the lack of available doulas. To address this issue, there is an urgent need to increase the doula workforce significantly, as at least 15,000 new doulas are required to meet the growing demand and ensure adequate doula care for those who need it.
As the demand for doula support continues to grow, IDI is committed to ensuring that there are enough doulas to provide support to every birthing person in the United States. This is a crucial step in addressing the equity problem that has resulted in high mortality rates in certain communities.
“We are excited to expand our doula training program to meet the growing demand for doula support under Medicaid,” said Aliza Juliette Bancoff, Founder of International Doula Institute. “Our goal is to ensure that every birthing person has access to the doula support they need during childbirth. This means growing the doula workforce significantly.”
Our unique doula training gets doulas ready for everything they need to provide the highest level of doula care to their clients. IDI covers a range of topics related to pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum care, including the role and responsibilities of the doula, comfort measures and pain management techniques, communication and advocacy skills, diversity, equity and inclusion, business management and so much more.
“By expanding our training program, we are empowering more doulas to provide compassionate and effective support to birthing people who need it most,” said Aliza Juliette Bancoff. “We believe that by providing doula training as a means to address the racial disparities in birth outcomes, we can contribute to the reduction of infant and maternal mortality rates in the United States.” To learn more about the International Doula Institute and its training and certification program, visit www.internationaldoulainstitute.com.
Aliza Juliette Bancoff
International Doula Institute