Doulas are filling the gaps in maternal care for Black women

Birth workers are stepping up to support some of the most vulnerable pregnancies

Prenatal massage on a Black belly
More mothers are seeking the extra support during their pregnancies
(Image credit: AndreyPopov / Getty Images)

The maternal mortality crisis among Black mothers is a well-documented issue that health care advocates have been ringing the alarm about for years. In recent years, more Black women have turned to birth doulas for support throughout their pregnancies and to assist in overcoming disparities in health care and bridging the care gap between Black women and other health care professionals. 

What are birth doulas, and what do they do?

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