Birth and Equity: Why Community-Based Doulas?This week’s blog is written by Molly Chappell-McPhail, Executive Director at BirthMatters, Brenda Blasingame, M.A., Executive Director at HealthConnect One, and Dila K Perera, MSW MPH, Executive Director at Open Arms Perinatal Services Every child is born into possibility, yet for too many the opportunity to reach that possibility is inequitable from the start. People of color and their children face stark disparities to survive, thrive, and learn. This is especially true for pregnant women of color and their babies. Fostering opportunity and health equity must begin even before birth. A recent New York Times Magazine article powerfully conveyed how black infants are more than two times as likely to die as white infants and how
this is intimately intertwined with another tragedy: a crisis of death and near death in black mothers themselves.