A few aspiring Doulas in Bolivar County have teamed up to host Mother's Day Pampering in the Park on May 10 at 11 a.m. in Fireman's Park to help ease the stress or concern usually associated with childbirth.
Aspiring Doula Noelle Moore said women would enjoy a beautiful day in the park as they receive manicures and pedicures.
"The purpose of the event is celebrate motherhood through the form of papering and relaxation and to get the word out about Doulas by teaching women how Doulas can be beneficial to expecting mothers and their unborn child," said Moore.
"Mississippi has the highest infant mortality rate for African American babies, I believe that Doulas can play a role in drastically dropping that number down and allowing beautiful babies to come to the earth," she continued.
Mississippi's average infant mortality rate has been around nine deaths per 1,000 live births in recent years, which is the highest in the nation.
The infant mortality rate measures the number of infant deaths of children under the age of one.
The infant mortality rate for African-Americans in Mississippi is about twice that among whites.
According to Moore women will get a chance to be educated and pampered, while learning the significance of having a Doula present during the birthing process.
"It’s a true celebration of motherhood. We will offer free childcare so that mothers can relax and to enjoy Mother’s Day weekend. All mothers and expecting mothers should attend this day in the park. It is going to be a day that you truly a day to let your hair down," she said.
Moore believes it is important for women to become Doulas is to continue to hold the tradition of ‘mothering mothers’ and to aid mothers during difficult situations.
"Becoming a Doula to some, including myself is something empowering and is most certainly a labor of love," said Moore.
"When I was pregnant with my beautiful daughter I was ignorant to the labor of breastfeeding and certain medical interventions. The only weapon I had to make it through labor and pregnancy was YouTube. I want help provide expecting mothers with knowledge and empowerment, especially when it comes to the wellbeing of an unborn child," said Moore.
She said the event is also a fundraising tool that will aid in providing financial assistance for aspiring Doulas.
"There is an $800 registration fee, which includes training material, travel expenses and lodging expenses for the training," said Moore.
"I just want everyone to be in attendance to celebrate something as beautiful as life itself and the joys that come with motherhood," she added.
The International Center for Traditional Childbearing Full Circle Doula training is will be held in Winstonville beginning July 24, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., at the Clare E. Williams Community Building.
The ICTC Full Circle Doula is a 29 hour birth companion training program that includes cultural awareness and sensitivity, infant mortality prevention, high risk pregnancies, medical terminology, prenatal support, labor and birth management, postpartum and breastfeeding support, nutrition, relaxation techniques, lead prevention, professional business development, traditional and spiritual birthing practices, and much more.
Graduates receive a provisional certificate and ongoing support for full certification.
Doulas help to offer individualized care to expecting mothers that they may not receive during doctor visits.
For more information, contact Shayla Brown at 662-721-7381 or firstname.lastname@example.org.