266718 Expanding a doula and nursing model of care to incarcerated women and women seeking abortions

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Monica McLemore, RN, MPH, PhD , Women's Option Center, Ward 6G, San Francisco General Hospital, San Francisco, CA
Monnie Efross, RN, MSN , Birth Center, San Francisco General Hospital, San Francisco, CA
Liz Donnelly, BA , School of Nursing, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
Nicole Sata, BS , Department of Public Health, Birth Justice Project, San Francisco, CA
Doulas have been successfully utilized in an urban birth center since 2004 with a volunteer-based, nurse run service. In partnership, evidenced-based care is provided to over 100 poor women of color and the program has excellent outcomes consistent with doula and nursing practice. Support for women, clear communication and role expectations and volunteer service are the foundations of this model. The model is currently being expanded into new clinical settings (i.e., prison and abortion clinics). The primary aim of this abstract is to describe this model of care of and to explain how it can be modified to be replicated in different clinical settings. A secondary aim to inform administrators of the cost effectiveness of this model and how to establish a doula and nursing partnership within other institutions.

Learning Areas:
Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Provision of health care to the public
Public health or related nursing

Learning Objectives:
Describe a currently existing model of doula and nursing care and how this model is being tested with incarcerated women and women seeking abortions.

Keywords: Birth Outcomes, Access and Services

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been the principle investigator of my dissertation work and have spent the last 20 years working in women's health. I have begun to implement doulas with my colleagues listed on this abstract in my clinical area and have direct involvement in this project.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.

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