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The processes of implementing and sustaining an intensive volunteer one-to-one support (doula) service for disadvantaged pregnant women

McLeish, Jenny; Spiby, Helen; Darwin, Zoe; Wilmot, Helen; Green, Josephine

Authors

Jenny McLeish

Zoe Darwin

Helen Wilmot

Josephine Green



Abstract

'Doulas' (lay women who are trained to support other women during pregnancy, birth and postnatally) can improve outcomes for disadvantaged mothers and babies. This Realist Evaluation study uses qualitative interviews to explore the views of staff, commissioners and local champions about the processes of establishing and sustaining five volunteer doula support projects in England. The six key factors in their successful implementation are: fitting with local commissioning priorities; staff commitment and skills; networking with other agencies; defining and marketing the role; providing strong support for volunteers; and having some costs absorbed by others. The four key factors in sustaining the projects are: finding ways to balance the numbers of referrals and volunteers; shaping the service to local service drivers; constant networking; and creative responses to funding shortages. It is a constant challenge to balance the rate of referrals and the number of trained volunteers within tight budgets and timescales ...

Journal Article Type Article
Journal Voluntary Sector Review
Print ISSN 2040-8056
Electronic ISSN 2040-8064
Publisher Policy Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
APA6 Citation McLeish, J., Spiby, H., Darwin, Z., Wilmot, H., & Green, J. (in press). The processes of implementing and sustaining an intensive volunteer one-to-one support (doula) service for disadvantaged pregnant women. Voluntary Sector Review, https://doi.org/10.1332/204080516X14650415652465
DOI https://doi.org/10.1332/204080516X14650415652465
Keywords Doula, Facilitator, Process, Volunteer
Publisher URL http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/tpp/vsr/pre-prints/content-Pp_VSR-D-15-00008R2
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf
Additional Information This is a post-peer-review, pre-copy edited version of an article published in Voluntary Sector Review. The definitive publisher-authenticated version McLeish, Jenny; Spiby, Helen; Darwin, Zoe; Willmot, Helen; Green, Josephine The processes of implementing and sustaining an intensive volunteer one-to-one support (doula) service for disadvantaged pregnant women first published online June 7, 2016 doi:10.1332/204080516X14650415652465 is available online at: http://www.ingentaconne...ent-Pp_VSR-D-15-00008R2

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