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Certified Doulas + Expecting Highlands County Families = Blissful Expectations and Better Birthing Outcomes.

Many thanks to The Heartland Library Cooperative, The Healthy Start Coalition of Hardee, Highlands and Polk Counties, Florida, Jennie Joseph, Laura Glikey and the countless others who have helped provide the funding for the doula workshop for our volunteer doulas in training.

We still have goals of purchasing more books, doula bags and need funds for the certification and appication packets from Dona.org. I hope that you will be able to assist us in reaching our goals.

Florida now has the highest c-section rates in the nation at 38.6%. The Blissful Expectations Doula Project is an initiative to promote safer, healthier and more natural birthing experiences in Highlands County Florida and beyond.

Our goal is to provide certified Doulas for the families in this community so that we can lower the invasive procedures such as c-sections and inductions, decrease the amount of time spent in a medical facility, promote breast feeding which fights childhood allergies and diseases and foster a more peaceful and family oriented birthing experience.

Currently in this area there are no doulas or midwives and expecting families would have to travel at least 90 minutes in any direction to attain the services of a doula. Women who join this project will serve as volunteer Doulas for at least a year, attend birth education workshops and work with organizations such as Choices Pregnancy Care Center and The Healthy Start Coalition to provide support for their expecting families.

Studies show that when a doula is present throughout the pregnancy and during labor that it is less likely for women to have c-sections and for their labor to be induced. In addition, doulas assist with breast feeding and support the mother and father mentally and emotionally which helps to empower the growing family.

Jennie Jones, a world renown midwife and creator of the JJ Way®, practices out of Winter Haven FL and has saved their community over $1,000,000 by providing compassionate care for families. This is health care reform and one of the ways we can have healthier children and better maternal and infant health care.
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