Black, American Indian, and Alaska Native (AI/AN) women are two to three times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes than white women – and this disparity increases with age, researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report today in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).
Most pregnancy-related deaths are preventable. Racial and ethnic disparities in pregnancy-related deaths have persisted over time.
Pregnancy-related deaths per 100,000 live births (the pregnancy-related mortality ratio or PRMR) for black and AI/AN women older than 30 was four to five times as high as it was for white women. Even in states with the lowest PRMRs and among women with higher levels of education, significant differences persist. These findings suggest that the disparity observed in pregnancy-related death for black and AI/AN women is a complex national problem.
“These disparities are devastating for families and communities and we must work to eliminate them,” said Emily Petersen, M.D., medical officer at CDC’s Division of Reproductive Health and lead author of the report. “There is an urgent need to identify and evaluate the complex factors contributing to these disparities and to design interventions that will reduce preventable pregnancy-related deaths.”
This information can be found : https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2019/p0905-racial-ethnic-disparities-pregnancy-deaths.html
A doula acts as an advocate for the mother, encouraging and helping her fulfill specific desires she might have for her birth. The goal of a doula is to help the mother experience a positive and safe birth, whether an unmedicated birth or a cesarean.
One prenatal visit between 36-38 weeks to discuss birth plan. (60 min appointment) On call 24/7 from 38 weeks gestation to birth.
We want to stay in touch during your journey.
Pre-Planning meetings (1-2 depends on how far along you are in your pregnancy)
We want nothing but the best for mom & baby. We respect how you want to deliver your baby and we respect all religious traditions and lifestyle choices.
Numerous studies have documented the benefits of having a doula present during labor. A recent Cochrane Review, Continuous Support for Women During Childbirth, showed a very high number of positive birth outcomes when a doula was present.
With their support, women were less likely to have pain-relief medications administered and less likely to have a cesarean birth. Women also reported having a more positive childbirth experience.
We want to make sure that mom is supported. We will do 2 visits after birth to make sure mom is resting and feeling well. During this time mom can sleep, drink tea or whatever she likes. We will be there to pick up the load of new baby and maybe even eat some cake with mom, do laundry and more.
I am dual certified and a labor and postpartum doula. I am equipped to provide SMC Full Circle Doula care to women, families and others.
(Left)Shafia Monroe, President of Shafia Monroe Consulting (SMC) and creator of SMC Full Circle Doula Birth Companion Training. (Right) Kratina Champaigne on day four of my training when I received my Provisional Certificate
Shafia Monroe is a renowned midwife, a doula trainer, motivational speaker and a cultural competency trainer, the creator of the SMC Full Circle Doula Birth Companion Training. Her work is significant to improving the infant and maternal mortality crisis because she incorporates African birth traditions and southern outreach traditions, aids families in communicating with their health care providers for quality health care, and lectures on multiple systems to reduce maternal mortality.
The total fee for services is $997. We also truly value the positive benefits of doula care, and do not want financial need to make those services inaccessible to mothers who desire them. So we do offer a payment plan option as well.
Welcoming Kit (Onesie, bib and little trinkets)
1 Prenatal Visit
Labor and Comfort Measures
2 home visits after birth with 1 lunch option to encourage healthy eating
1 Night Feeding stay at your home (9pm-6am)
References for support groups
I ask for a non-refundable retainer fee of $125.00, which is paid during or after the prenatal meeting which is applied to the fee. I will not consider myself obligated to the birth, or "on call" until the this is paid. The remainder is due 3 weeks before your EDD.
If you fail to call me to attend your labor, there will not be any refunds nor any further charges.
Mother Shower ($180)- This is a creative alternative to a traditional baby shower. Mother Shower is based on ancient Navjo ceremonies that celebrate a woman's transition to motherhood. Invite women to share their wisdom, pledge their support and pamper the mother to be and themselves. Oils, flowers, beads and some decorations will be provided. Food and venue is not included.
Birth Only ($350.00) We will come and support mom at the birth place of her choice. We will assist laboring and comfort measures making sure mom is well. After delivery of the baby we will stay 2hr max after delivery. This includes 1 visit at home and refences
Doggie Doula Services ($150.00) Yes that's right we support all mothers. You dog being in labor can be a scary moment for the owners. Let us help you (if she lets us) We will support mom and keep track of each pup born and each placenta to make sure mom is passing.