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ABDBM inaugural graduating class, with Standard on right

The Alliance for Black Doulas for Black Mamas (ABDBM) graduated its first class of Black Doulas on July 10. Founded by UNC Family Medicine’s Venus Standard, MSN, CNM, FACNM, LCCE, ABDBM offers an enhanced Doula training program whose goal is to increase access of Doula training to Black women, while improving Black women’s birth outcomes by expanding their access to social, emotional, and educational support from professionally trained Black Doulas. The program, funded by the C. Felix Harvey Award, graduated nine Doulas that will now be able to provide emotional, physical, and educational support to twenty-seven Black families during the perinatal and postpartum periods. The next cohort of eleven Black doulas will begin a five-week intensive training in August.

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