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How doulas help lower maternal mortality rates

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June Eric-Udorie remembers the exact moment she decided to become a doula — a trained professional who provides physical, emotional, and educational resources for women throughout the spectrum of pregnancy, birth, and early postpartum.

Eric-Udorie, a 21-year-old student at Duke University majoring in African and African American Studies, was distraught after reading that college-educated black women were more likely to suffer major complications in pregnancy or childbirth than white women without high school diplomas. But the issue of racial disparity in maternal mortality became more pressing to her in 2018 when Serena Williams publicly shared her birth story.

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