Doulas vs. Gyms- The Doula Ban in Los Angeles

https://bit.ly/birthincovid Hiring a doula ensures a family has the continued presence of a nurturing birth professional within the context of a relationship. Doulas help navigate expecting families through birth, knowing the questions to ask if families face choices or interventions during labor. However, the hospitals of Los Angeles have decided doulas are less essential than …

Why America’s Black Mothers and Babies Are in a Life-or-Death Crisis

https://mobile.nytimes.com/2018/04/11/magazine/black-mothers-babies-death-maternal-mortality.html The answer to the disparity in death rates has everything to do with the lived experience of being a black woman in America. Black infants in America are now more than twice as likely to die as white infants — 11.3 per 1,000 black babies, compared with 4.9 per 1,000 white babies, according to …

New Guidelines Establish The Rights Of Women When Giving Birth

https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2018/03/01/589860155/new-guidelines-establish-the-rights-of-women-when-giving-birth   For more than 60 years, it has been the standard of care to try to speed up childbirth with drugs, or to perform a cesarean section if labor was seen as progressing too slowly. Now a new set of recommendations is changing the game. In February, the World Health Organization released a set …