Ohio legislation aims to expand doula access, combat infant mortailty

Lyndsey Wilcox poses for a photo with her sons Clayton, 4, and Coleton, 9 months, outside her house in Mount Gilead on July 1, 2021. State lawmakers have proposed a bill that would create Medicaid pilot program for doula care. Lyndsey used a doula for the birth of Coleton.

Lyndsey Wilcox thought she was going to die when she had her first child.

The Mount Gillead mother lost both of her feet at age 12 after a routine surgery for her scoliosis went south. When her doctor told her she needed a cesarean-section, she had flashbacks to her last invasive procedure.

The uneasiness didn't stop after Clayton was born, either. Wilcox said depression consumed her to the point that she didn't go back to work and can't remember the first three months of her son's life. 

"It was an absolutely horrible time," Wilcox said. "Even after my amputations, I was never in such a depression like that."

The birth of her second son, Coleton, was a different story — and she has doulas to thank for that.

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