Mission:

 

Our mission is to provide volunteer doula services to individuals in Northeast Ohio who are experiencing economic hardship during pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum transition.

We Meet You

Where You Are.

 

The time of pregnancy, birth, and new parenthood is filled with complex emotions and difficult decisions. On top of that, cultural and economic factors create extra obstacles for many families, leading to increased health risks and disparate birth outcomes.

Our goal is to help reduce these

disparities by helping parents access the

vital healthcare, education,

and support they need.

Vision:

 

Our vision is for all people to be educated and empowered throughout their reproductive experiences, regardless of circumstance or identity.

Professional doula services can help improve maternal and neonatal outcomes,

but they’re often cost-prohibitive for low-income families.

 

We believe that all families deserve unbiased support during the childbearing year, regardless of ability to pay –

and our passionate community of doulas is devoted to making this possible.

We are also here to support those families that may have the financial ability to contribute to our services through

a sliding scale program.  When choosing a doula within our network, a portion of the fee will be donated to NEODC and its member, so that we can continue to provide free doula services.  

 

If your income exceeds the requirement listed or you do not meet the qualifications for the government programs listed below, please email neodoulacollective@gmail.com 

 

Each and every family we serve is met with open arms and unconditional acceptance.

No matter where you’ve come from, who you are, or what you need, NEODC welcomes you.

What Services Do We Provide?
Birth Doula

Your birth doula team meets with you throughout your pregnancy, provides continuous support during labor and birth, and attends a postpartum visit to review your birth experience and discuss your postpartum needs.

 

Depending on your needs, your doulas may:​

  • Discuss self-care techniques

  • Provide encouragement and physical support during labor

  • Help you understand your medical and non-medical options

  • Refer you to local healthcare professionals or support groups

Your doula team is there for you regardless of your birth plan or outcome, including in situations of adoption or loss.

Post-Partum Doula

 

A postpartum doula visits your home to assist with basic newborn care, parent care, and daily tasks around the house. Your postpartum doula may:

  • Provide emotional and educational support to help you thrive during the transition to life with a newborn

  • Assist with breastfeeding initiation, including troubleshooting any issues and providing a referral to a lactation consultant if needed

  • Help with newborn care: bottle and/or breast feeding, diapering, and bathing

  • Offer encouragement as you develop your personal style of parenting

  • Assist with basic housework and sibling care so you can focus on bonding with your baby

Every new parent's needs are different, and your doula will tailor her care to your specific needs.

We Are Here To Serve You.

To request services, please email us at neodoulacollective@gmail.com or leave a voicemail at (216) 502-3503, and a member of our team will be in touch.

In your message, please be sure to include your estimated due date and your planned location of birth (if known). Since we accept new clients as our volunteers’ availability allows, we strongly encourage you to get in touch early in pregnancy so we can make arrangements for care.

 

We accept clients who make less than $30,000 a year, including partner income. We also accept clients who can provide documentation of receiving government assistance, including:

  • Medicaid

  • SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)

  • CMHA housing (Cuyahoga County Metropolitan Housing Authority)

  • WIC (Women, Infants, and Children)

  • Ohio Works First

  • Head Start

  • OH special milk program

  • OH Summer Food service

If you are not currently receiving assistance but think you may still qualify for our services, please let us know so we can review your specific situation.  

Volunteer With Us.

Share your skills to help us reach more families, organizations, and supporters in Northeast Ohio. Our volunteer doulas are on the front lines of our mission, providing direct support to families. As a birth and/or postpartum doula, you’ll join a team of passionate birth workers committed to upholding professional ethics and practicing cultural sensitivity.

Download Volunteer Application

We welcome opportunities to work with anyone interested in supporting our mission, either with our day-to-day operations or special events. We appreciate offers including, but not limited to, the following examples:

  • Web design

  • Graphic design

  • Copy writing/content writing

  • Legal advice

  • Administrative support

  • Seminars

We look forward to hearing from you! Please email us at neodoulacollective@gmail.com

or leave a voicemail at (216) 502-3503, and a member of our team will be in touch.

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