Malone Maternal Wellness Program

Empowering families on their pregnancy and parenting journeys.

Malone Maternal Wellness Program

Empowering families on their pregnancy and parenting journeys.

Program Overview

Malone Maternal Wellness programs are dedicated to combating the disparities and inequities in Black maternal health while providing safe and culturally competent care. Our programs are led by BIPOC individuals and focus on education, support and client services during pregnancy and a year+ after childbirth. Our mission is to increase breastfeeding rates, provide doula services and increase the number of doulas in the BIPOC population in Lincoln and Lancaster County. By providing a depth of resources and education, our families can make empowered and informed decisions during their birthing journey. In partnership with Spreetail, the Malone will cover the cost of these services with our partnering doulas, qualifying families can apply for sponsorship by emailing Jillian.Boldt@MaloneCenter.org.

Birth Classes

Our birthing classes are tailored to each family based on their birthing plan, topics will include but are not limited to; basics of infant care, labor/physiological childbirth, postpartum care, common interventions, and breastfeeding. These courses are taught by a certified Birth Doula and Evidence Based Birth Instructor®.

baby breastfeeding

Birth Classes

Our birthing classes are tailored to each family based on their birthing plan, topics will include but are not limited to; basics of infant care, labor/physiological childbirth, postpartum care, common interventions, and breastfeeding. These courses are taught by a certified Birth Doula and Evidence Based Birth Instructor®.

baby breastfeeding

Pregnancy and Childbirth Doula

Partnering certified labor doulas will provide at least two home visits before birth, be present for labor and birth, and provide two postpartum visits. Families will apply for sponsorship and be awarded by the MMW committee. Once awarded, families will interview partnering doulas and choose one that best fits their family’s needs.

Pregnancy and Childbirth Doula

Partnering certified labor doulas will provide at least two home visits before birth, be present for labor and birth, and provide two postpartum visits. Families will apply for sponsorship and be awarded by the MMW committee. Once awarded, families will interview partnering doulas and choose one that best fits their family’s needs.

Postpartum Birth Doula

Families enrolled in the Pregnancy and Childbirth Doula Program will receive an additional six visits from a certified postpartum doula. These visits will include wellness checks, breastfeeding assistance, postpartum care, and delivery of prepared meals and fresh produce.

three women sitting on blanket breastfeeding babies

Postpartum Birth Doula

Families enrolled in the Pregnancy and Childbirth Doula Program will receive an additional six visits from a certified postpartum doula. These visits will include wellness checks, breastfeeding assistance, postpartum care, and delivery of prepared meals and fresh produce.

three women sitting on blanket breastfeeding babies
woman holding baby on hip

Malone Maternal Wellness Doula Scholarship

BIPOC individuals interested in becoming a certified doula can apply for the MMW Doula Scholarship. This scholarship program seeks to increase the number of BIPOC doulas in Lincoln and Lancaster County by five within the first two years of funding. After scholarship awardees have completed training, they will provide services to one family, pro bono, within the first year of course completion.

woman holding baby on hip

Malone Maternal Wellness Doula Scholarship

BIPOC individuals interested in becoming a certified doula can apply for the MMW Doula Scholarship. This scholarship program seeks to increase the number of BIPOC doulas in Lincoln and Lancaster County by five within the first two years of funding. After scholarship awardees have completed training, they will provide services to one family, pro bono, within the first year of course completion.

Breastfeeding Support Programs

Our Melanin Mommas, Empowering Pregnant and Parenting Teens and Breastfeeding Peer Counseling programs include emotional support, lactation assistance, patient advocacy, education, virtual support, delivery of essential supplies, transportation, and group events to develop a strong support network for women and families. Malone Breastfeeding Support programs are made possible in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln.

Breastfeeding Support Programs

Our Melanin Mommas, Empowering Pregnant and Parenting Teens and Breastfeeding Peer Counseling programs include emotional support, lactation assistance, patient advocacy, education, virtual support, delivery of essential supplies, transportation, and group events to develop a strong support network for women and families. Malone Breastfeeding Support programs are made possible in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln.

Doula FAQs

A doula is a certified professional trained to provide physical, emotional, and informational support to expectant mothers throughout their pregnancy, delivery, and post-partum period. Doulas are not clinical but work as consultants and resources to assist women in communication with healthcare providers and understanding their healthcare choices. By assisting with understanding health choices and reinforcing provider instructions doulas allow mothers to make informed decisions regarding themselves and their child. Doulas also provide consistent emotional support and counseling to expectant women. Research has shown mothers who deliver with the support of a doula have better birth outcomes. These mothers have less instance of low birth weight, lower risk of complications for themselves and their babies, and are more likely to breastfeed their infant. Mothers who deliver with a doula typically require less medication, have babies with higher APGAR scores, fewer caesarian deliveries, and report higher satisfaction with their birthing process. Doulas have been shown to be particularly effective in situations where the mother is socioeconomically disadvantaged, without a companion or family support, experiences a language or communication barrier, or are primiparous.

Black infants are 21% less likely to have ever been breastfed than white infants. Low breastfeeding rates add more than $3 billion per year to medical costs for mothers and their children. Black women are 3-4 times more likely to experience a pregnancy-related death. Black women’s heightened risk of pregnancy-related death spans income and education levels, 60% of these deaths are preventable. Nebraska Doula services are considered medically necessary and a covered benefit in the State of Nebraska when the following are met: 1. Member is enrolled in WellCare of Nebraska’s Heritage Health Plan; AND, 2. Member is a pregnant female up to the age of 21 being serviced by DCFS; AND, 3. Member resides in a group home, maternity group home, or in a home placement; AND, 4. Member receives minimal parental support; AND, 5. Doula must have received proper education and certification. The majority of our families do not fall into the categories above to be covered by the state. The Malone seeks to fill that gap and provide our families with a depth of resources and education to make informed decisions about their healthcare.

Doulas in Nebraska can cost between $700-$1,500. The pregnancy and birth sponsorship program has partnered with doulas that have agreed to provide the program services for $1,000. The postpartum program has partnered with doulas that have agreed to provide the program services for $450. If there is a family that wishes to participate in our doula program and donate a fee, that fee would go back to the sponsorship fund for future families.

Get in Touch

To register for breastfeeding support programs

Jessica Johnson
Jessica.Johnson@MaloneCenter.org 

Auriel Logenstein
Auriel.Logentstein@MaloneCenter.org

To register for doula programs or collaborations

Jillian Boldt
Jillian.Boldt@MaloneCenter.org
(402) 318-7541

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