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The postpartum period often catapults families into an unfamiliar and overwhelmingly unsupported world. Many parents quickly discover they have little knowledge of how to care for themselves and their newborn and little capacity to juggle the accumulation of responsibility. Postpartum doulas are available for hire, in many communities, to help with this huge transition, though numerous barriers, financially and culturally, inhibit access to this invaluable resource.
Nearby Baby is a model which incorporates within-community, peer-to-peer care. In addition, our training for doulas weaves in essential information about early child development in the Montessori framework among others. Doulas and therefore families will thus have an understanding of how to provide for each stage of their infants' development.
We will train doulas from a cross-section of communities in the Charlottesville area who will then be paid a living wage to provide services to members of their communities for free or on a pay what you can basis.
Sponsor a doula: $500 trains and prepares one postpartum doula for her valuable service.
Sponsor a family: $1200. (note: recently updated to reflect a fair living wage in Charlottesville for the Doula) funds a complete 6-week postpartum doula package for one family.Nearby Baby is a fiscally sponsored 501(c)3, operating under The Social Good Fund Inc., a non-profit organization. tax id:46-1323531
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