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Doula Technology Enhancement Project

All of our members receive medical assistance to qualify for our services. Therefore, the acute
quality attention and care to their pre-natal, birth delivery and postpartum stages of entering
motherhood are essential. With our members representing a low-income, multi-ethnic
population, we strive to ensure that they receive the best comprehensive education tools
comparable to private pay healthcare services. This project aims to provide current and updated
breastfeeding support and necessary medical information. We plan to ensure that their most
immediate medical needs are met with greater efficiency by equipping our Doulas with tablets in
central Massachusetts and the Boston area. The proposed upgraded tablets will enable the
Doulas to educate their patients using the National Library of Medicine╩╝s LactMed database, as
well as the specific information about pregnancy, breastfeeding, infant and childcare that is
available in MedlinePlus. Doulas will also be able to show their patients the other health related
information available through the National Library of Medicine resources. Additionally, the
proposed upgraded tablets will provide for smoother transactional access of information that can
be extracted and disseminated more effectively for our members during their home visits. Our
Doulas primarily performed educational services to at risk and high risk pregnancy members
that need additional case management services. The upgraded tablets will ensure that the
unforeseen circumstances that may arise during these types of home visits will be readily
available. Each member receives a formal initial needs assessment, follow-through services,
and case management oversight throughout the pregnancy and up until 8 to 10 weeks╩╝
postpartum.

Organization:
Pettaway Pursuit Foundation
Funded Dates: 
Tuesday, November 1, 2016 to Sunday, April 30, 2017
Funding Amount: 
$5,000