Community Impact: Big Idea Talk
Birth outcomes improve when clinicians and doulas partner.
Why do we need clinicians and doulas to partner? In the US, Black babies die at three to four times the rate of White babies and Black mamas die at two to three times the rate of White moms. Elizabeth Buys in an OB/GYN who shares an image that haunts her: a birthday party with a baby, cake, and a candle – a birthday party that never happens because mama or baby isn’t there. Elizabeth shares her experiences partnering with doulas and how others can do the same to save lives.
This Talk is a Heartfelt Tribute to the Memory of Nikita Smart: A courageous visionary who dedicated her life to advancing equitable and just healthcare for pregnant and postpartum families through her pioneering doula work. Her bold ideas and unwavering advocacy serve as a constant source of inspiration for our ongoing efforts. May her enduring legacy in the field of doula work continue to guide us.
Hear this story and how you can improve health equity in your community.
Watch the Big Idea Talk below!
Asheville, North Carolina