Doula Program
Bureau of Maternal & Infant Health
Division of Community Health & Prevention
Illinois Department of Human Services

Program Description


The target population are low income teens, the majority Medicaid eligible from the Parent Too Soon Program at two Chicago sites: the Marillac Social Center, Christopher House and one in Rockford - Easter Seals/Child Development Center


The main objective is to improve the outcomes associated with adolescent childbearing and parenting. The health of adolescent mothers and their children is the primary focus, by reducing the incidence of low-birth weight and poor pregnancy outcomes, and fostering healthy physical, social, emotional and cognitive development of their children.

Delivery Method

The service numbers differ at each site, but range from 36-50 participants per program each year. The maximum to be served by this grant will be 250. Payments to the Provider will be made on a prospective basis, rounded to the nearest $100.00. The final prospective payment may be greater or lesser than the previous payments due to rounding.


Services are provided to the Parents Too Soon Program participants at a total of four sites in the Chicago area. Services include support for mother and child during pregnancy, delivery, and the weeks after birth.

Program Data

Performance Indicators SFY07 SFY08 SFY09 SFY10
Program Expenditures (Numbers in 000's) $381.0 $381.1 $381.1 $343.0
Number of Grantees 4 4 3 3
Number Served 199 199 239 126

Program Effectiveness:

The program has achieved national recognition for its Doula services.