Welcome to the Well-Mama Study

The Well-Mama study is about providing doula care and support for uninsured and publicly insured pregnant and postpartum Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) birthing people. In the US, some moms from BIPOC communities face more difficulties with their health during pregnancy. We want to provide pregnancy support to make care better for moms during this special time. We believe all moms deserve the best care and support during their prenatal and postpartum journey. Together, we can make sure that every mom feels safe, cared for, and healthy during this special time.

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Maternal Health

Cardiovascular Health

Your heart and blood vessel health can change during your pregnancy. It’s important to learn about common pregnancy-related health symptoms and how to take care of your heart while you’re pregnant.

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Drugs/Alcohol Use

Drugs and alcohol use during pregnancy can affect you and your baby because it can pass through the mother’s blood to the baby. Learn more about what you can do to avoid alcohol, tobacco, secondhand smoke, and other street drugs for the health of you and your baby.

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Maternal Safety

Feeling safe during your pregnancy is very important for your mental, physical and emotional health. There are many things that could make you feel unsafe, but there are also resources available to you if you before, during, and after your pregnancy.

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Mental Health

Around the time of your pregnancy, it’s important to give yourself extra care and find support for your mental health. Some people experience mood and anxiety disorders so it’s important to learn about their symptoms and causes.

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Social Support

During your pregnancy, social support from family, friends, coworkers, and/or other people in your community is important for you to feel confident and cared for as you prepare to have a baby. Let’s find the different support systems you have in your life, together!

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Trimester Education

A trimester is a period of time that is split in three months. During pregnancy, a mother will have 3 trimesters with the first trimester starting once you’re pregnant and ending after 12 weeks, the second trimester is 13 weeks to 26 weeks, and the third trimester is 27 weeks until the baby’s birth. It’s important to remember that your due date is only an estimate and only a small number of women deliver on their due date. Each week of pregnancy the baby will grow, and your body will experience changes that you will talk about with your doctor and pregnancy support team.