What is a SisterWeb Community Doula?
SisterWeb community-based doulas use a unique, innovative program model that provides extended, intensive support to families throughout pregnancy, during labor and birth, and in the early months of parenting in communities that face high risks of negative birth and infant developmental outcomes. SisterWeb “Community Doulas” are of and from the communities we serve (Black, Latinx and Pacific Islander) and hold a vested interest in the well being of our clients.
Our doulas offer culturally concordant peer-to-peer support that focuses on the perinatal year and the early months of parenting, a sensitive period in which families have a unique openness to change, learning and growth. This represents a new approach to perinatal support: one that makes use of the power of relationships and the power of birth. The presence and involvement of the community-based doula at birth, and the flexibility in the scope of the role, distinguishes “community doulas” from all other home visiting models and from fee-based and volunteer doula models.
Community doulas not only impact our city by providing birth support but also by growing the trust and involvement that encourages people to come together and collectively address their health, wellness, and family resiliency.
Who We Serve
What We Do
Train, provide ongoing mentorship and financial compensation for community doulas from within the Black, Pacific Islander and Latinx communities in San Francisco.
Provide a professional home for birth workers from historically underserved communities to meet regularly, and establish systems for mutual support and financial stability.
Provide prenatal, birth and postpartum care to low-income women of color in need of doula support.
Cultivate partnerships and provide continuing education related to doula care with Community Based organizations, Family Resource Centers, and Labor and Delivery sites within San Francisco.
Create printed materials and strategic outreach plans to reach San Francisco’s most underserved birthing families.
Collaborate with the entirety of the Medical and Family Support landscape in San Francisco by participating in community forums, task forces, and individual partnerships.
SisterWeb supports Black, Pacific Islander and Latinx expecting families in San Francisco by connecting them with doulas from within their own communities, who they can trust.
A doula program created by and for Pacific Islanders of Melanesian, Micronesian, and Polynesian (See MAP) descent working as community birth workers to support Pacific Islander families in San Francisco.
Mentors provide crucial, on-call support and ongoing mentorship to SisterWeb Doulas so they have the guidance and support needed to provide exceptional care to the communities SisterWeb serves.