Lost Mothers: How Doulas Can Combat Maternal Mortality

In this session, ProPublica’s Nina Martin will discuss her Lost Mothers project (with NPR) on maternal mortality and severe complications in the U.S.  The speaker will offer ideas for how doulas can help women and family members advocate for themselves and their loved ones and improve their short- and long-term health.

The session will draw upon two years of reporting in which Ms. Martin and her team gathered the stories of nearly 5,000 women and conducted interviews with scores of birth workers, clinicians and researchers. A key focus will be on the role that doulas can play in addressing stark disparities in outcomes for black mothers and babies and educating women about emerging risks.