Adoption Doula Services
The goal of this Adoption Doula pilot program partnership between Adoptions Together, a program of Paths for Families, and Baltimore Doula Project is to increase the support for expectant parents and birth parents who are considering adoption. In 2022, 64% of these individuals did so with no support person at the hospital and they most often returned home from the hospital with little to no support from family. Paths for Families is partnering with the Baltimore Doula Project to better advocate for the needs of expectant parents during delivery, and more commonly, post-partum. By focusing on communities that face higher rates of stigma and fewer care options, Paths for Families and Baltimore Doula Project are working to fill a gap in quality and compassionate pregnancy care.
All doulas are trained in adoption competent care to learn about the unique needs of folks considering adoption. Doulas are not employees of Paths for Families and services are paid for by the Paths for Families expense fund. Full spectrum doula services include one prenatal visit, in person or virtual support during delivery at the hospital (depending on distance), and 2 postpartum visits. Additional visits can be discussed on a case by case basis. Paths for Families supports expectant parents regardless of their choice to place for adoption.
Adoption Doula FAQ