2014 Ohana Annual Report

As many of you know, Ohana is a registered Benefit Corporation, a hybrid between a for-profit and a non-profit. As part of our requirements as a Benefit Corporation, we must prepare and publish an annual report on our outcomes and impact in the community.

I’m excited to share with you here the results of the 2014 report, completed on April 30, 2015. It’s always neat to take a step back and look at the impact of our work.

Some highlights are below:

In 2014, the Ohana team served a total of 181 families.

Of the clients who gave birth supported by Ohana doulas, 86% gave birth
vaginally, including 3% VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean), and 14% gave birth via Cesarean section.

Ohana Vaginal & Cesarean Births

The rate among Ohana clients was consistent with the World Health Organization recommended level of 10-15%, versus the much higher 31% rate in the U.S. nationally.

Cesarean Comparison

The rates of needed medical interventions in other areas were also significantly lower than national averages. We recognize that many factors affect birth outcomes, including practice patterns of physicians and midwives and underlying health risks of the mothers. Ohana’s lower rates are consistent with the findings in controlled scientific studies about the benefits of doulas in reducing unnecessary interventions.

Ohana Interventions

We are proud of the positive feedback from participants on their experiences in our Childbirth Classes and New Parent Groups:

Childbirth Classes

Ohana Childbirth Class Ratings

Ohana Childbirth Class Ratings 2

Dad & Baby Groups

Ohana Dad & Baby Group Ratings

Mom & Baby Groups

Ohana Mom & Baby Group Ratings

For more data and summaries of our activities over the year, please see the full report here.

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Client Reviews
"I have no doubt that Jocelyn Alt made my natural childbirth possible."
"I credit my successful VBAC [Vaginal Birth After Cesarean] at age 39 mostly to the support of Autumn and Jocelyn."
"Having Autumn there with me was an immeasurable gift. She was a deep well of quiet strength, experience, and knowledge."
"Having Jocelyn & Autumn on the team boosted our decision-making and confidence. Their knowledge & experience stands out."
"They were incredible at 'reading the room' and being able to tell how much or how little attention I was needing at the moment."
"Working with Jocelyn and Autumn was a pleasure. They were attentive, compassionate and engaged from the first time we reached out to them, to even now, weeks after the birth."
"Jocelyn has magic hands! My pain just seemed to melt away with her massages."
"It was so great to have been able to meet and work with two doulas."
"The thing I appreciated the most about having Jocelyn at my birth was her natural ability to put me at ease."
"I really can’t rave enough about how Jocelyn helped me help my wife."
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