Every year, about 700 women die from complications of pregnancy, with a disproportionate number of them being women of color. Over 60% of those deaths are preventable. Pregnancy-related deaths and complications can occur during pregnancy, at delivery, and postpartum (CDC, 2019). There are vast disparities in care based on where a mom lives, her ability to pay and the color of her skin. Access to responsive, culturally sensitive, skilled care before, during, and after childbirth can save the lives of women and their newborns.
Doula: A trained professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to a mother before, during and after childbirth to help her achieve the healthiest, most satisfying experience possible (Dona International, 2022).