23 May WisBusiness: The Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors has voted unanimously to fund a doula program with a goal of improving maternal and infant health in low-income areas
Supervisor Marina Dimitrijevic made the original proposal, which allocates $52,000 to a program run by the City of Milwaukee’s health department. It will be aimed at ZIP code 53206, whose residents have faced significant challenges such as poverty and high rates of incarceration.
Doulas are birth experts with no official medical certification. But studies have shown the presence of a doula can lead to better outcomes for both mothers and babies.
According to a release, the county will pay the doulas directly with the allocated funds. The city will cover program administration costs and will also evaluate its effectiveness.
Dimitrijevic says this allocation means both the city and county are “ahead of the curve” when it comes to reproductive health.
“Everyone deserves access to quality, affordable health care, and this program funds birth support for mothers who need it most,” she said in a statement.
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