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Storybook Doulas

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Storybook Doulas are diverse Polk County Doulas and Perinatal Health Advocates celebrating Black Maternal Health Week 2024 by reading to families with young children in the community. This event brings awareness to Black families' unique needs around maternal and infant health. We welcome families pregnant or with children through the age of 5.

Held annually on April 11-17th, BMHW is a week-long campaign founded and led by the Black Mamas Matter Alliance​ to build awareness, activism, and community-building​ to amplify ​the voices, perspectives, and lived experiences of Black Mamas and birthing people. The week is intentionally held during National Minority Health Month. It begins on April 11th annually to join dozens of global organizations in marking this day as International Day for Maternal Health and Rights – an opportunity to advocate for eliminating maternal mortality globally.

Learning Outcomes: 1. Increase awareness and understanding of the importance of diversity and representation in children's literacy. 2. Empowerment and support for Black and diverse mothers and families through education and resources provided by doulas. 3. Strengthening of community connections and support networks for Black families.




Accompanying Adults

This program is designed for children and accompanying adults. Please plan to attend and be engaged with your child for this program. Drop offs will not be permitted.

Children’s Program

Children under 10 years old must be accompanied by a caregiver over 12 years old.