In Honor of Mamas on National HIV Testing Day: How birth workers can care for HIV-positive clients - A Doula Spot Blog
Doulas play a critical role in preventing HIV. An estimated 1.2 million people live with HIV in the United States. About one out of four people living with HIV in the U.S. are women. And each year nearly 200 babies are born with HIV through perinatal transmission – HIV transmission from mother to child during pregnancy, labor and delivery, or breastfeeding. It is the most common route of HIV transmission in children but also very preventable. When HIV is diagnosed before or during pregnancy, perinatal transmission can be reduced to less than 1%.1
While we can celebrate the public health achievement that there has been a reduction in perinatal HIV transmission in the United States, there is still more work to be done; and doulas can be a part of this great work. June 27th is National HIV Testing Day. Encouraging prenatal HIV testing is one critical strategy—but a doula’s role doesn’t end there...
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The blog's authors: Stephanie Cruse of MamaChakra, Vignetta Charles of AIDS United, and Krista Martel of The Well Project.
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MamaChakra serves the following geographic areas in and around Northern Virginia (NoVa): Arlington, Alexandria, Annandale, Falls Church, Fairfax, Springfield. I also serve the Washington D.C. Metro Area.
MamaChakra's students have given birth at the following DMV-area hospitals: George Washington (GW) Midwives, Virginia Hospital Center, INOVA Alexandra, INOVA Fairfax, and Sibley Hospital.