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The Shifting Roles of Doulas in Today’s Turbulent Times

Doula care began as support for middle-class clients by middle-class doulas. Now that doula care is proven to improve birth outcomes, the demand for doulas has grown, especially for people of color and those in poverty, who suffer worse birth outcomes than any other demographic. Yet, they represent a small percentage of those who receive doula care. Penny Simkin and Ngozi Tibbs will address this gap in this co-facilitated session by discussing the changing roles of today’s doulas to ensure that the needs of ALL childbearing people will be met.