Division of Community Health and Prevention
Bureau of Maternal Infant Health

Program Description


The target population are low income teens, the majority Medicaid eligible from the Parent Too Soon Program at five Chicago sites: the Marillac Social Center, Christopher ouse, Alivio Medical Center, the Easter Seals Child Development Center, and Kankakee Community College.


The main objective of the Doula Project is to improve the outcomes associated with adolescent childbearing and parenting, in particular those related to the health of adolescent mothers and their children, and also to reduce the health care cost associated with high-risk adolescent births and to help new parents create an environment that will foster the health physical, social, emotional and cognitive development of their children.


The Doula Program provides services to the Parents Too Soon Program participants at a total of five sites in the Chicago area. Services include support for mother and child during pregnancy, delivery, and the weeks after birth.

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.

Program Data

Performance Indicators SFY05 SFY06 SFY07
Grant Amount (Numbers in 000's) $370.00 $370.00 $370.00
Number Served 300 300 0

Program Effectiveness

The program has achieved national recognition for its Doula services.