A report from the state released this spring says New York ranks 30th in the county in maternal mortality, and death from childbirth is significantly more likely for women of color. In fact, black mothers are three to four times more likely to die from childbirth. In Syracuse, the population most likely to be in poverty intersects with the population likely to have pregnancy complications: poor, black women.
Sequoia Kemp is the founder of Doula 4 A Queen, helping pregnant people before and after birth. She is advocating to expand access to doula care and increase insurance coverage for the service across New York State.
In this episode of City Limits, Katie Zilcosky explores how doula care decreases racial disparities in maternal health.