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BIPOC Study Participants
All participants will receive $90 in gift cards and be randomized to either 1) study group to receive 24 hours of free postpartum doula care in their homes or 2) control group for postpartum “care as usual.” During 6-10 weeks postpartum, all participants will receive gift cards of $20/each at the first 2 assessments and $50 for third assessment - all conveniently offered in the participants' homes.
We are recruiting study participants who are:
BIPOC mothers who self-identify as Black, Indigenous, Asian, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, Latina or Hispanic.
have birth due dates from September 1 - December 31, 2023.
are diagnosed by a medical provider and self-reporting gestational or postpartum hypertension (defined as systolic blood pressure of 140 mm Hg or higher and/or a diastolic blood pressure of 90 mm Hg or higher) with or without concurrent symptoms of depression and anxiety.
"As a mom who identifies as BIPOC and struggles with hypertension, I'm grateful that me and my family can benefit from being in this study."
- Study Participant
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BIPOC Postpartum Doulas
Sanctuary Doulas + Family Care is currently hiring 10 English and Spanish-speaking postpartum doulas who identify as BIPOC for this research study to evaluate the impact of postpartum doula care on reducing hypertension and postpartum mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs) among BIPOC postpartum mothers. Postpartum doulas will provide six 4-hour postpartum day visits (24 hours of care) to the research study's intervention group (35-40 BIPOC mothers) between Sept 1, 2023 and Feb 28, 2024. Doulas are independent contractors and paid $35/hour and can celebrate participating in research to elevate postpartum doula care.
"Doula testimonial here!"
- Name, Postpartum Doula
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We invite Denver/Boulder, Colorado metro area maternal health care providers, agencies and hospitals that serve BIPOC mothers to refer participants to this study. You may request a 30-minute informational presentation to your organization's stakeholders to learn more about this research study and participate as a community referral partner.
"Nurse-Family Partnership on Boulder County is delighted to refer our patients who meet the inclusion criteria to this exciting research study. Our patients who receive postpartum doula care benefit greatly!"
- Liza Patrick, Nurse-Family Partnership on Boulder County Director
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