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Maternal death rates in the Black community are alarming. Some think the solution may lie in empowering Black mothers to give birth at home, with culturally appropriate assistance offered by doulas. In this episode, host Amaris Calhoun draws on evidence-based research and interviews to explore possible solutions to this crisis that could foster a more inclusive and equitable approach to maternity care.

Featured Guest: Ms. B Williams has been an Atlanta doula for more than 20 years. She specializes in “creating the ultimate labor and birth experience with glowing confidence and inner and outer beauty.”

Student Highlight: Atlanta native Amaris Calhoun is a third-year student at Emory University’s Center for the Study of Human Health. Her academic focus centers on combating maternal mortality and advocating for reproductive rights, with a particular emphasis on fostering equitable healthcare solutions within maternal care.

Studies and sources mentioned in this episode:

HealthierU’s theme music is by TimTaj; additional music from Blue Dot sessions.

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