Mission: Open Arms provides community-based support during pregnancy, birth, and early parenting to nurture strong foundations that last a lifetime.
Values: 1) Respect: Holding complexity for people and cultures; 2) Family: Relationships are at the heart of what we do; 3) Justice: Boldly disrupting oppression
Open Arms was founded in 1997 by a small group of women from the community who envisioned a future where no one would have to give birth without support Today, that vision translates into a powerful community-based organization with a staff of 26 and a pool of contracted doulas and staff serving over 300 pregnant people and their families annually. Our three programs (Birth Doula Services, Community-Based Outreach Doula Program, and Breastfeeding Peer Counseling) support low-income pregnant people and families to help them establish strong and healthy foundations. Over 75% of Open Arms clients identify as people of color, and we are highly-regarded for providing culturally relevant and appropriate support. Open Arms recognizes that the earliest experiences impact brain development, and we work with families to give our next generation the best beginning. Multiculturalism, respect, and racial equity permeate all that we do. We work in true partnership with the communities we serve, listening to their hopes and dreams for pregnant people, babies and new parents, and providing resources to help transform those dreams into reality.