LaToshia Rouse CD(DONA) is a certified DONA International doula and owner of Birth Sisters Doula Services. She is also Patient and Family Advisor with several state and national organizations. Her journey as an advisor began 7 years ago, after having triplets at 26 weeks gestation via an emergency vaginal delivery. Early on LaToshia’s work was focused on bringing the parent perspective to the newborn intensive care unit (NICU) and antepartum improvement committees at WakeMed, including serving as a member of the NICU’s Vermont Oxford Network (VON) team. Her passion is helping parents develop their voice in the care of their children and helping medical staff learn from and make improvements in care based on the parent perspective. LaToshia has served as a subject matter expert and expert team member for the Perinatal Quality Collaboratives across the country, American Board of Pediatrics (ABP), American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), National Quality Forum (NQF) and several other organizations.
She has done intensive training with the Institute of Patient and Family Centered Care and will be apart of the Project Advisory Committee for an upcoming national study with the Institute. LaToshia is a sought after speaker was also an invited speaker for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and March of Dimes sponsored launch of the National Network of Perinatal Quality Collaboratives (NNPQC), the North Carolina Perinatal Association, the American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP) Annual Conference as well as several state PQC conferences around the country. She is also currently working on policy with the Maternal Health Taskforce and worked on policy as co chair of the North Carolina Institute of Medicine’s (NCIOM) Taskforce on the Perinatal System of Care in 2019. She also is a group facilitator for Postpartum Support International (PSI) for black moms and expert speaker for March of Dimes virtual support groups. In reflecting on the work she’s engaged in over the last number of years, LaToshia passion is finding ways for clinicians and patients to have a true partnership and improve outcomes.