Village Gift Recipient:
Efe Osaren, future midwife The Educated Birth
by Cheyenne Varner
If it takes a village to raise one child, it's going to take many villages to support work that challenges and counteracts injustice in pregnancy, birth and postpartum today. The Educated Birth is committed to being a part of that.
Black maternal health is in crisis, but these doulas and midwives are already responding to the threat.
By Kaitlyn GREENIDGE via Lenny Letter
“One of the major barriers for black women is the cost — midwifery programs cost thousands of dollars, as opposed to doula programs, and midwives are subject to more state regulations and control. And midwife courses are not covered by educational loans, meaning students have to pay for them out of pocket. This leaves us with a larger culture of midwifery that is disconnected from the birth-justice movement and the discussions black women and women of color raise. “
What It’s Like to Be a Doula for Women of Color
By Emily Bobrow via The Cut
“Doulas — non-medical professionals who help pregnant women before, during, and after childbirth — typically cost at least $1,000 and are not covered by insurance. While this makes them a luxury enjoyed by the lucky few, some doulas also work with low-income women — and specifically low-income women of color — often as volunteers, to help improve their odds of a healthy birth. “
Death by delivery
By Fusion TV
Nelufar Hedayat investigates a crisis in maternal care, exploring why African American women are up to four times more likely to die of pregnancy-related causes than their white counterparts.