"NOW, THEREFORE, I, JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR., President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim April 11 through April 17, 2023, as Black Maternal Health Week."

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That is what President Joe Biden said in a proclamation on Black Maternal Health Week. 

My wife is a doula and I've been made aware of a lot of statistics when it comes to maternal health and black women in America.

According to the proclamation from the White House, Black women in America are three times more likely to die from pregnancy-related complications than white women.  This is on top of the fact that women in America are dying at a higher rate from pregnancy-related causes than in any other developed nation.

The work that people like my wife and other maternal health workers do on a daily basis is to combat the numbers mentioned above.

It's not something that needs to happen this way. These deaths can be prevented with proper education and assistance from midwives, doulas, nurses, and doctors who understand black women are at risk.

More companies across America are stepping up to help where they can in this fight to save black mothers and birthing families.

According to Business Insider, research shows that with the support of a doula, moms are two times less likely to experience birth complications, four times less likely to have a low-birth-weight baby, and are more likely to experience overall positive health outcomes during the birthing journey.

In my opinion, there is no better way to help black mothers who are expecting than to connect them with black doulas.

Baby Dove recently partnered with Sista Midwife Productions, to launch a Black Doula Directory. The 'Black Doula Directory' is a national resource offering expectant moms and birthing individuals access to Black doulas nationwide along with doula members from around the world.

I can't express how much of a game changer this is in the black maternal health world.

Many women have so many questions and want to have them answered by someone who can relate to their experiences and this is going to help them find those people.

If you know an expecting black mom, make sure she takes a look at the new Black Doula Directory.

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