Local organization fighting for Black maternal health disparities

SMYRNA, Del. — Do Care Doula Foundation is making efforts to support Black maternal health disparities.

Black mothers in Delaware are 52 percent more likely to birth a preterm baby according to the March of Dimes. That’s only a glimpse of what some statistics say. Erica Allen, Owner of Do Care Doula says that having a doula is important during the experience of motherhood and could help with some of the health complications mothers may face. A doula is simply a support person during the birthing experience. 

Through this organization, they are raising awareness and training individuals to lower these numbers. 47 ABC spoke with the owner of Do Care Doula and she breaks down some of those statistics.

“For each 1000 births 36.3 percent of Black women can be guaranteed to have negative outcomes as serious as death of themselves. Black infant mortality within the state of Delaware, nationally as well, our black infant mortality rate is 12.6,” Allen clarifies. 

That 12.6 percent infant death is compared to 4.8 percent white counterparts. Allen says the best way to lower these numbers is by educating. And through her organization she does just that via social media, talking to people, training, and educational groups. She tells 47 ABC that is it often times misinformation that sets Black maternal health back.

“There are stereotypes so this is what affects a lot of the care that black people receive. The miseducation on black people as people, as well as not listening,” Allen explains. 

She says that finding the proper care can be hard for Black moms but her organization in August will be hosting another training for those interested.

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