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World Doula Week 2023 Reflections of a Black Doula

Updated: Mar 23, 2023

As a Black doula, I am honored to celebrate World Doula Week and recognize the vital work that doulas do worldwide. For those who may not know, a doula is a trained professional who provides emotional, physical, and informational support to birthing individuals and their families before, during, and after childbirth. While the doula profession is relatively new, the role of a birth companion has been a part of Black culture for centuries.

Many African cultures have a tradition of women supporting each other through childbirth. This tradition continues in modern-day America, where Black doulas are on the front lines of advocating for and supporting Black birthing individuals. Black birthing people are three to four times more likely to die during childbirth than their white counterparts. The maternal mortality rate for Black women in the United States is higher than in any other developed nation. This is why the work of Black doulas is so crucial.

As a Black doula, I understand the importance of supporting and advocating for my clients. I recognize that there are many factors that contribute to the disparities in maternal health outcomes for Black birthers, including systemic racism, implicit bias, and lack of access to healthcare. I must ensure that my clients are informed about their options and empowered to make the best decisions for themselves and their families.

In addition to providing emotional support, I also provide physical support during labor and delivery. This can include helping my clients with breathing techniques, massage, and other comfort measures. I also work closely with healthcare providers to ensure that my clients receive the best care possible.

After the birth, my work as a doula continues. I provide postpartum support to my clients, helping them navigate the challenges of caring for a newborn. I offer breast/chestfeeding support, help with household tasks, and emotional support during the often-challenging postpartum period.

As a Black doula, I am proud to be a part of a long tradition of birthing people supporting each other through childbirth. I am honored to be able to provide support and advocacy to Black birthing individuals and their families, and I am committed to working toward better maternal health outcomes for all birthing people. This World Doula Week, let us recognize the important work that doulas do and continue to advocate for better care for all birthing individuals.

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