Pregnancy and childbirth can be challenging for any woman. For low-income women, the challenges of the childbearing year are compounded and complicated by the challenges associated with poverty. Since 1997, Open Arms Perinatal Services has been serving low-income women during the critical and vulnerable time surrounding the birth of a new baby, when the impact of being supported is profound, and the costs of being unsupported are equally profound.
Open Arms exclusively serves low-income women in communities that face high risks of negative birth outcomes, such as low birth weight, premature birth; and negative developmental outcomes, such as delayed social or emotional development. Our community-based, culturally appropriate services dramatically reduce these negative outcomes, while increasing the confidence and competence mothers need to build positive, solid foundations for their children.
Open Arms effectively supports two generations at once, working with mothers to make sure their physical, social and emotional needs are met throughout their childbearing year, so that they can create a nurturing home where their children meet developmental milestones and thrive.
We are seeking $25,000 in support in order to try to meet the unprecedented demand from our community and clients for prenatal, birth, and postnatal support from a trained doula. $25,000 will provide continuous, culturally appropriate support to 25 women during the crucial period of time surrounding the birth of their babies.