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Birth Roots Inc

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Causes: Family Planning, Health, Public Health, Reproductive Rights, Unknown

Mission: Birth Roots removes the obstacles to perinatal health by providing a continuity of community support, education and resources, before, during and after the birth of a child. Birth Roots’s unique and innovative programs reduce perinatal isolation and provide access to a support network thus helping to alleviate two of the most preventable causes of postpartum depression.

Target demographics: newly pregnant, almost due, new parents in Southern Maine

Direct beneficiaries per year: 500 families

Geographic areas served: Southern Maine

Programs: Prenatal classes & groups, Postnatal classes & groups, Doula Training, Doula Teas, Perinatal Resource Guide

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Rating: 5

Birth Roots is to the perinatal phase (9 months before and 9 months after birth) what a doula is to the hours of labor and childbirth, an advocate for acknowledging and meeting a birthing woman's non-clinical needs to feel safe and central to her process of becoming a mother, both physically and emotionally. Women who participate in the Birth Roots Community gain increased self-awareness about their transition and are much less likely to feel traumatized by the birth process and are more able to employ skills and resources for preventing postpartum depression.