Non-profit organization, “Parents as Teachers,” is working towards reducing the alarming rate of pregnancy-related deaths among Black women by providing doula services at no cost.
According to NBC News’ Zinhle Essamuah, Black women are three times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes compared to white women.
The non-profit aims to address this disparity by offering doula support to families in need.
Essamuah interviewed a woman who had a traumatic experience during her first pregnancy in 2021.
She went into labor prematurely at 24 weeks and developed a serious infection.
Feeling overwhelmed and confused by medical jargon, she found solace in her doula, Robin Lloyd, who provided crucial support and explained medical terms to her in a way she could understand.
Doulas are trained professionals who offer non-clinical assistance and support to women during labor, delivery, and the postpartum period.
They provide one-on-one education and group courses for expectant mothers, ensuring that no question goes unanswered.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists acknowledges the positive impact of doulas, particularly for Black women, in improving birth outcomes.
Parents as Teachers collaborates with motivated doulas, like Robin, who have firsthand experience with life-threatening deliveries.
The non-profit receives state funding, enabling them to provide doula services free of charge.
Of the nearly 320 families they serve, 95% are people of color, and all of their doulas are Black women.
This intentional approach ensures that families in need, especially women of color, have access to culturally appropriate support.
The article concludes by highlighting the importance of access to doula services for women of color.
The non-profit’s efforts are aimed at providing representation and tailored support that reflects the communities they serve.
The interviewee, who is now expecting a baby boy, expresses her gratitude for having a doula by her side and the comfort of knowing that support will be available during her upcoming birth.
By offering critical doula services to Black women cost-free, Parents as Teachers aims to bridge the gap in maternal healthcare and reduce pregnancy-related mortality rates.
Their commitment to providing culturally competent care is an essential step towards achieving better outcomes for marginalized communities.