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Amerigroup Project Helps Doulas Care for Parents-To-Be

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At Amerigroup Texas, we work to connect people with accessible health care that meets them where they are in their lives. Often, this care comes outside the clinic.

This passion to put people at the center of health care led Amerigroup to support a new pilot program — a collaboration with Dell Children’s Health Plan and Giving Austin Labor Support (or GALS) — connecting soon-to-be parents with doulas.

The collaboration is focused on new mothers and babies in underserved areas; it seeks to find new ways to improve their health. The Journal of Perinatal Education has reported on studies showing that parents and babies in underserved communities who are paired with doulas end up with better health outcomes.

This is the kind of program Amerigroup loves to support. It helps people access resources they need, while still reflecting their unique circumstances and challenges. It creates healthier outcomes and better futures for Texans — whether they’re our members or not.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 700 women die each year in the United States as a result of pregnancy or delivery complications, and Texas’ maternal mortality rate is even higher than the national average. Worst of all, Black, American Indian and Alaska Native women are two to three times as likely to die from a pregnancy-related cause than white women.

Programs like the Doula pilot help. As Morgan Miles, GALS’ executive director, put it, “We’re like a Google for stressed-out parents-to-be — we help them get accurate information more quickly so they don’t spiral through what can be a difficult time. Our birth workers also help spot emergencies earlier and ensure that mothers and babies can get needed care faster.”

This health care is simple, affordable, accessible, personalized, and proactive. It helps parents and babies get healthy and stay healthy. It helps to create healthier communities. And it reflects the best in health care, creating healthier outcomes and better futures.

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