BirthMatters: A Solid Return on Investment for the Community

Today’s blog is written by Molly Chappell-McPhail, Executive Director of BirthMatters.

BirthMatters’ Doula program is an innovative home visiting model that bridges the gap between healthcare and social services to provide continuity of care for underserved women and children during pregnancy, birth, and post-partum. We train women from low-income neighborhoods to become community-based doulas – health workers who provide emotional and educational support to young mothers and their infant children.

We know the families served by BirthMatters’ Doula program have improved birth outcomes including increased breastfeeding and healthy infant weights.  Many non-profits struggle to demonstrate to their constituents, funders, and donors the return on their investment. We are excited to reveal the results of our recent efforts to document cost savings realized by Spartanburg County. Last November, in partnership with Mary Black Foundation, BirthMatters contracted with The Space at Wofford College to develop a Social Return on Investment specific to our Doula program.

This Thursday, the student-led research team will make their final presentation to the community. We invite you to attend this special reveal on Thursday, May 11 at The Space on Wofford College Campus (in the Mungo Center). Light refreshments will be served.  The presentation will start at 4:15 and we anticipate will conclude at 5 pm.

You will be able to vote on how much money you think BirthMatters has saved Spartanburg County; a prize will be given to the person who comes closest to the actual cost savings.

This event will be open to the community so please use the link below to reserve your ticket.