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Making Doulas More Accessible and Widely Utilized in Healthcare

The Schubert Center for Child Studies at Case Western Reserve University is partnering with Pediatric Grand Rounds at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital to host a lecture on promoting positive pregnancy and infant health outcomes in Greater Cleveland. The event, titled “Community-led Solutions for Promoting Positive Pregnancy and Infant Health Outcomes in Greater Cleveland: Normalizing Access and Utilization of Doulas within Health Systems,” will take place on Thursday, March 28, at 8 a.m. in the Amphitheater at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital. Virtual attendance is also an option for those interested.

The speakers for the event include Angela Newman-White, the executive director of First Year Cleveland, Jazmin Long, the chief operating and development officer at Birthing Beautiful Communities, and Heather Marie Rice, a clinician and professor at Cleveland State University. These leaders are fighting against infant mortality and for positive maternal outcomes in greater Cleveland area by providing updates on the activities of First Year Cleveland with a focus on systems-driven solutions. They will discuss the benefits of doula services, barriers to accessing these services now covered by Medicaid in Ohio, as well as tips for healthcare providers and pediatric professionals to ensure pregnant women are aware of and seek out these benefits during their pregnancies.

The Schubert Center for Child Studies facilitates connections between Case Western Reserve faculty, students, researchers, policy experts

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