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Do Black Women Need Doulas More Than Anyone?

Black Women Need Doulas

A huge thank you to all the women who contributed to this very important Parents piece on black mothers. But I’m indebted to U.S. Senator Kamala Harris for providing her personal response just hours after her political announcement. But that just goes to show her unwavering commitment to black moms.

Why Women Use Doulas

The term “doula” was first coined by medical anthropologist Dana Louise Raphael, Ph.D. She believed nonmedical caregivers could “mother the mother,” assisting during and after delivery. Today doulas offer continuous support during the entire length of labor and beyond, compared to doctors and midwives who may not be as accessible or present.

Barriers to Access

New mom Kristian Henderson, Ph.D., hoped to use a doula for her pregnancy, but financial barriers prohibited it from happening.
I always imagined that I would use a doula. But I didn’t realize that most insurance plans do not cover doula costs,” said Dr. Henderson, 31, who is in her third trimester of pregnancy and plans to give birth at home with a midwife.

Advocating for New Moms of Color

In some cases, doulas are relieving some of the stressors that have a direct impact on the health of a fetus. They are supporting the government and medical practices to reduce postpartum depression and infant mortality, and thus saving Black lives.

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Featured in The New York Times, Christine Michel Carter is the #1 global voice for working moms. Called “the mom of mom influencers,” “the exec inspiring millennial moms”, a “mom on the move” and “the voice of millennial moms”. Christine clarifies misconceptions about these consumers for brands and serves as an amplifier of their personal truths. This includes everything from delivering consumer insights and brand marketing content to helping HR and diversity teams attract and retain these hardworking professionals. She is the best-selling author of “Can Mommy Go To Work”. And a contributor to several global digital publications, including Forbes, TIME, Harper’s BAZAAR, and Parents. She has supported the awareness of government initiatives such as Senator Kamala Harris’ Maternal Care Access and Reducing Emergencies (CARE) Act and Black Maternal Health Week. She also created Mompreneur and Me, the first national mommy and my professional development networking event.

Black Women Need Doulas

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