Birthing While Black

America’s tragic racial inequity in maternal mortality is baked into health systems and will take time, legislative lobbying, and structural change to uproot.
 
In the meantime, birth workers are doubling down to support black birthing families. SELF profiled 8 of them, including Sista Midwife Directory in New Orleans, which connects black birth workers to prospective clients. In the Bronx, Sésé Doula Services helps lower-income women have informed, healthy deliveries.  
 
“The black midwives doing this work, no matter how exhausting, challenging, [or] difficult it is, we’re going to keep doing it,” Racha Tahani Lawler, a midwife in Los Angeles.
 
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