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Mid-Missouri Black Doula Collective

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WHAT IS A DOULA? 

Imagine if you were a boxer, the trainer and coach would teach you about boxing and help you achieve your goals. Likewise, Doulas are trainers and coaches for the birthing process.

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Maternal Mortality 

  • The most recent U.S, maternal mortality ratio, or rate, of 17.4 per 100,000 pregnancies represented approximately 660 maternal deaths in 2018. This ranks last overall among industrialized countries.

  • More than half of recorded maternal death occurs after the day of birth.

  • The maternal death ratio for Black women (37.1 per 100,000 pregnancies) is 2.5 times the ratio for white women and three times the ratio for Hispanic women.

  • A Black mother with a college education is at 60 percent greater risk for a maternal death than a white or Hispanic woman with less than a high school education.

How Can Doulas Help?

A doula is a highly-qualified professional that teaches and supports women throughout the process of pregnancy, labor, delivery, and postpartum. Mid-Missouri Black Doula Collective (MMBDC) doulas seek to provide physical, emotional, and informational support to help women experience giving birth in a healing space that is healthy and safe.

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