Community Health Workers provided pre and post natal and breastfeeding support to mothers from 2014 – 2016.
What we did:
Promotoras, or Community Health Workers, trained as Doulas and Breastfeeding Peer Counselors in Cameron County, Texas:
- Ensured patients attend all prenatal care appointments
- Provided education and support on prenatal care and parenting
- Educated women on the benefits and techniques of breastfeeding
- Connected clients with community resources that support the breastfeeding experience
How our approach worked:
Promotoras, or Community Health Workers, were trained as Doulas, or women who help other women through pregnancy, and Breastfeeding Peer Counselors, or community members trained to educate and support new mothers throughout the breastfeeding experience.
With this training, the Promotoras provided free services to any pregnant women living in colonias in Cameron County.
Who we serve
The Amor Maternal program served:
- Any pregnant women in rural colonias living in Cameron County
- Women who were identified as having high risk pregnancies
- Women who did not have social support
- Women who were interested in breastfeeding and may have had questions or need guidance