Learning for Life: Outreach Doulas supporting Latina, Somali mothers

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on June 23, 2010 at 10:37 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 23 at 10:44 AM

Giving birth and raising children should be among the most natural things in life.
 
But for women going through the process without the support of family and friends, the experience can be intimidating and lonely. This is especially true for women who come from a different country and culture and speak a different language.
 
The Outreach Doula program, started by Open Arms Perinatal Services last year as part of the larger White Center Early Learning Initiative, supports both immigrant Latina women and Somali refugees in their own languages by women of and from their own communities.

Outreach Doulas work with families from early pregnancy through a child's second birthday.
 
Sheila Capestany, executive director of Open Arms, talks about the Outreach Doula program and the difference it's making in the community.

Learning for Life airs every Wednesday on KING 5 Morning News on KONG 6/16 TV between 8:15 and 8:30 a.m.

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