Annotation: This report describes a study to evaluate an intervention for young, low-income mothers and their infants using paraprofessional "doulas" from the local community to provide guidance and support during the prenatal, intrapartum, and postpartum periods in order to promote good obstetrical outcomes, breastfeeding, responsive parenting, parental efficacy, and child health and development. The project period covered September 2000 through August 2005. Report sections include a description of the research and background information on the Chicago Doula Project as well as the purpose, scope, and methods of the investigation and the nature of the findings; a review of the literature; a description of the study design and methods; a presentation of the findings including labor, delivery, and birth outcomes, maternal well-being, parenting stress and efficacy, parenting attitudes and behavior, feeding practices, health care utilization, child development, and additional topics. Also included is a discussion of the findings on outcomes relating to birth, breastfeeding, mental health, and parenting attitudes and behavior; and implications for policy and practice. A list of products is also provided. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]
Contact: Maternal and Child Health Library at Georgetown University, Box 571272, Washington, DC 20057-1272, Telephone: (202) 784-9770 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web Site: https://www.mchlibrary.org Available from the website.
Keywords: Breastfeeding, Early intervention services, Final reports, Illinois, Local initiatives, Low income groups, MCH research, Parenting skills, Postpartum care, Pregnant women, Prenatal care, Resource mothers, Social support, Young women