Address: 11 Owen Avenue, Lansdowne,
Being a parent, new or experienced, is not an easy job. In the biological sense, a parent produces offspring. However, it is more than that. Parents invest their physical, emotional, mental and spiritual aspect of life to their child/children. With regards to this fact, being a new parent can become overwhelming.
For that reason, the Pal for Parents Program was created. It is our mission to empower parents. We are here to educate. We are here to help you prepare. We are here simply because we are your pal, your friend.
“PAL for Parents” mantra:
Provide evidence-based classes and trainings for parents
Alleviate stress for parents during this overwhelming phase of their lives
Learning together to further enhance wellness in our community
Pal for Parents Program
What we provide:
Doula By My Side Program
PPF is a nonprofit organization comprised of Certified Doulas who are focused on improving pregnancies, births and postpartum experiences in our communities. PPF 's unique program is called a "Doula By My Side" it is designed to educate and empower expectant mothers through each phase of their pregnancy. Whether it be prenatal, or postpartum, we are with them through their journey to achieve a healthier birth outcome. Our current population derives from Managed Care Agencies consisting of both teen and adult members. Some members maybe high risk, experience bed restrictions, or have a history of behavioral health. The members are served during their prenatal as well as 8 weeks postpartum.
Doula - (originated from ancient Greek- meaning a woman who serves) otherwise known as a woman caregiver providing non-medical assistance before , during, and after child birth. A Doula also provides assistances to the expectant mother's partner and family. We provide information and emotional support. to ensure improved maternal and birth outcomes. PPF Doulas are HIPAA Compliant, and Certified with CPR Certifications. PPF requires a 50 state criminal background clearance to be performed on all Doulas.
All our expectant mothers receive one on one, non-judgmental practical support breastfeeding instructions and more. All instructions are shared before, during, and after the birth of their child. Mothers on bed rest receive in home companionship, strategic planning for stress relief during their bed rest stay, and child birth education. PPF Doulas assist Managed Care members from 22 weeks with bed restrictions, through 8 weeks postpartum. This assistance is given in order to improve their pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum experiences.
PPF's Doula By My Side Initiative work in conjunction with Keystone First (Bright Start Program), Health Partners (Baby Partners Program) and Tufts Health Plan Program. Our goal is to promote a healthier pregnancy, and a positive birth along with great postpartum outcomes. PPF offers each Agency a unique program tailored to meet the goals and needs of their members. Please contact your Health Care Provider to enroll in any of our programs.
For members, to enroll in our program call your Health Partners, Keystone First or Tufts Health Plan Insurance companies and ask if you are eligible to have a Doula visit you during and after your pregnancy. Health Partners Members must be enrolled in the Baby Partners Program. Keystone First Members must be enrolled in the Bright Start Program. All Tufts Health Plan Members, please call 888-257-1985 for assistance. The Case Managers of these three programs can assist you with enrolling in our program.
Benefits of having a PPF Doula
A doula is a specially trained and experienced professional who provides non-medical support, including education, breastfeeding instruction and more before, during and after the birth of a child.
PPF’s doulas are independent contractors who are certified as a birth, antepartum or postpartum doula. They earn a competitive living wage by supporting families who would otherwise not be able to afford the very necessary services that doulas provide. Our certified doulas are HIPAA compliant, CPR certified and have gone through criminal background clearances.
New parents used to be able to rely on their parents, family and friends for support. These days, grandparents are working longer, families are moving further away from each other and friends have other demands that make it impossible to help support the new family. A doula becomes that missing person in the lives of new and existing parents that not only offers non-judgmental assistance but guidance and support when needed.
Women who experience support from doulas, family members, counselors and peer groups have greater breastfeeding success, greater self-confidence, less postpartum depression and a lower incidence of abuse than those who do not. Fathers benefit too and are more in tune to mom and baby's needs. Research tells us that support from the partner can have significant impact on their partner's own experience as well as the emotional adjustment of the mother. Doulas teach fathers and other family members how to support a new mother.