A doula is experienced in childbirth & provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support before, during and after birth.
Co-founders Debby Prudhomme and Mary Williams gave birth to Everyday Miracles in 2003. They have a strong drive to advocate for and protect under resourced women at risk for poor birth outcomes in the Twin Cities and the Duluth communities.
Their ongoing advocacy for pregnant women has proven to positively impact the statistics of high-risk mothers in our community, resulting in better birth outcomes and healthier families. Everyday Miracles now has over 30 doulas contracted to provide professional labor support and education to families that qualify. By the end of 2013 over 3500 families in our community will have benefited from these important support services! Our primary objectives are to improve birth outcomes, parent infant attachment and breastfeeding skills. Over 97% of our participants initiate breastfeeding and 52% of them are still breastfeeding at six months!
The mission of Everyday Miracles is "To improve birth outcomes by supporting and empowering mother’s during their pregnancy and birthing experience." We provide pregnancy and labor support as well as prenatal education in a supportive, non-judgmental atmosphere to under resourced pregnant women who desire our services, regardless of age or culture.
Everyday Miracles is pleased with the success of their Prison Doula Program, Isis Rising. The Isis doulas have been supporting incarcerated mothers in the hospital at the time of delivery for the past three years. The cesarean section rate for 2013 is only 6.6% among program participants! The Isis Rising program includes a pregnancy, birth & parenting education/support group that is facilitated weekly by doulas at the state prison. The program is working on expanding to two county jails in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area. The mission of Isis Rising is to improve maternal and child health outcomes in the context of incarceration. Using evidence-informed practices, and employing a humanistic perspective, Isis Rising seeks to restore dignity and improve life skills, with the goal of transforming prison experiences and improving the overall health of families and communities upon reentry.
Quotes from Everyday Miracles participants:
"It was great having Lisa at the birth of my son. She always seemed to know exactly what I needed and was able to take care of the details so I could focus on my labor. I wasn't sure how much help a doula would really be, but she turned out to be an essential part of my birth team!"
"We thanks Karla for being our Doula. She is more than a Doula, she is a caretaker, a friend and a family member. We wish her well and good luck. Thanks"
"No one ever allowed me to have choices for my birth! This time I will have a doula and all the power I can muster to birth this baby the way I want to!"
"The work of a Doula is great and cannot be replaced by other care professionals. Am glad she (Gabby) was with me."