By now, you have heard about the novel coronavirus and its associated disease, COVID-19. COVID-19 has officially been declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization. We are, of course, concerned by the rapidly progressing situation and monitoring updates regularly to help inform our decision-making related to the Ancient Song community of doulas and pregnant people we serve.
We understand that these are stressful times in which no one was expecting or prepared for but we want you to know that we are doing our best to address all situated within a timely manner. Given the most recent social distancing recommendations to lessen the spread of the virus and want to ensure that our community continues to receive services, we have implemented interim protocols understanding that they could be impacted by the continued developments of COVID-19.
Effective immediately Ancient Song's physical location will be closed to the public and staff we will remain closed until May 1st. This is subject to change based on ongoing developments related to COVID-19.
Additionally we have implemented the following:
Classes & Events
All in-person classes will now take place virtually this includes Childbirth Education classes & Doula Trainings.
All events scheduled for March & April are now canceled. You will begin to see an offering of online educational webinars, teach-ins, and emotional support during this time.
We understand that many of you are concerned about your doula’s ability to continue to offer comprehensive services. As COVID-19 updated information continues to be disseminated we will continue to offer doula services via in-person and virtually. Services may be limited due to ongoing updated to hospital, birthing center, and homebirth protocols but we will continue to strive to provide emotional and physical support as well as evidence-based information and Advocacy tools to our Ancient Song Clients and community.
“Doulas are not visitors and should not be blocked from caring for patients in the antepartum, intrapartum and postpartum period. Most doulas have been contracted by patients weeks to months ahead of time and have established provider relationships. They are recognized by AWHONN and ACOG as essential personnel and part of the maternity care team,” said AWHONN member Nancy Travis, MS, BSN, RN, BC, CPN, CBC, Florida Section Chair.
We are following the CDC's Interim Considerations for Infection Prevention and Control of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Inpatient Obstetric Healthcare Settings and the doulas have been issued comprehensive guidelines to protect our clients and themselves.
Beginning Monday we will have an online forum available to answer any of your questions and create a community space filled with hope and resources. If you are a current Ancient Song client you will be sent detailed information regarding how to prepare for childbirth.
We give thanks to everyone for your continued support during this time and us working collectively to center the humanity in us all.
In love & Solidarity,
Chanel L. Porchia-Albert
Founder & CEO
Ancient Song Doula Services