With: Dr. Rochanda Mitchell (University of Virginia Health Systems)
Black people are three and a half times more likely to die in childbirth than white people. Even highly educated, wealthy African Americans are at a greater risk of complications than whites. To combat the disparity, Dr. Rochanda Mitchell promotes hiring more African American nurse educators and providing anti-bias training for medical professionals.
With: Bellamy Shoffner
Bellamy Shoffner was well aware of the frightening statistics when she gave birth to her sons. Shoffner is Founder and Editor of Hold The Line Magazine, about social justice motherhood.
With: Christin Farmer
Although doulas have become more popular, they’re still expensive and often unavailable for high risk populations. Christin Farmer created Birthing Beautiful Communities, a non-profit that trains and provides doulas at no cost to African Americans in Cleveland, Ohio.