Expanding Access to Doula Care in Georgia

Strong evidence shows full spectrum doula care—non-medical support prenatally, during labor/delivery, for an abortion or miscarriage, and/or postnatally—improves health outcomes. Yet doula care is not reimbursed by Medicaid in most U.S. states. Between November 2020 and January 2021, 17 surveys and in-depth interviews were conducted with doulas working in Georgia as part of the Georgia Doula Study. The purpose of the study was to determine the challenges and facilitators of providing care, including state and institutional policies. 

Ayeesha Sayyad, BS

Master of Public Health candidate

Georgia State University

Ms. Sayyad received her Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis in 2018. She is currently pursuing a Master of Public Health with a concentration in Health Promotion and Behavior at Georgia State University. As a Graduate Research Assistant at the Center for Reproductive Health Research in the Southeast, she assists with the Georgia Doula Study. Her research interests include addressing health disparities and improving maternal health outcomes for Black women.

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