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Meet Black Doulas Who Are Helping Make Births Safer

By Cheryl S. Grant
Reviewed by Terri Major-Kincade, M.D.
April 13, 2022

Black Maternal Health Week is April 11–17. This week is intended to build activism, community, and awareness to help end racial disparities, reduce maternal mortality rates, and give all families the respect, rights, and resources to have healthy pregnancies and births.

As you prepare for what could be an exciting (yet also possibly stressful) event in your life, having a support system can help to get you through those moments when you feel overwhelmed. So, you might consider hiring a doula to support you in delivering your baby and/or to help you prepare and recover from the birth.

A doula is a professional trained to provide emotional and educational support before, during, and after childbirth, empowering the birth parent to have the most comfortable and satisfying experience possible. Some doulas specialize in either birth or postpartum services, while others offer support before, during, and after childbirth.

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