The only stress a pregnant woman should have is what to eat for dinner or your Mother-in-Law's opinion on baby names. Unfortunately, that isn't the reality of a lot of women. Black women in the U.S are dying at three to four times the rate of white mothers. The health disparities faced by Black mothers transcend class and education levels. In fact, studies show that Black, college-educated mothers who gave birth in local hospitals were more likely to suffer severe complications of pregnancy or childbirth than white women who never graduated from high school. Motherhood shouldn't be this dangerous. We envision a future where these disparities will decrease and healthy, happy mommas and their children will endure safer, happier, birthing experiences.
TED Talk: How Does Racism Impact Pregnant Women and Babies
Battling Over Birth: Black Women and the Maternal Health Crisis*
Advancing Birth Justice: Community-Based Doula Models as a Standard of Care for Ending Racial Disparities
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