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When Support Helps Find Your Passion

A Lifeline

Alicia R. / Beaverton, Oregon

Her story in four photos

“Having a doula is not a luxury. It’s a need, especially with the high mortality rates of Black mothers and their children.”

Alicia found herself looking for a support system while incarcerated and pregnant with her second child. Towards the end of her pregnancy she was assigned a doula through Medicaid who guided her through the rest of her pregnancy and the birth of her son.

Alicia took an interest in the role a doula plays for expectant mothers, eventually becoming a certified doula herself. Alicia learned through her training that Black women are at least three times more likely than white women to die as a result of pregnancy.

As a doula, she provides information and resources on nutrition, and support at checkups for expecting mothers on Medicaid and private insurance.

“Anyone should be able to receive doula services, whether they’re incarcerated or not,” Alicia says. “Having a doula is not a luxury. It’s a need, especially with the high mortality rates of Black mothers and their children.”