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This Black Man Became A Certified Doula To Make The Birth Process Safe For Black Moms

Because men need to prepare when it comes to the birth of a baby too! According to Spectrum News1, Carson native Dustin Young has always had questions about the birthing process. Now, as a certified doula, he is helping others through the birth process and encouraging men to join him in making Black moms have safer births. “As I got older, I just kind of like look at women as gods essentially, which you guys are,” said Young. He credits his baby sister as the reason he became a doula after he says her medical team wasn’t supportive, leaving her to face a difficult pregnancy alone. “Her fifth month, she went to the doctor and had some bad news,” continued Young. “She found out the heartbeat stopped, and she had a stillbirth.” When a second chance for his sister came around, Young would not allow her to do it alone. He located a doula and became an assistant. He then helped his sister while she was in labor at home for hours before escorting her to the hospital to help with his...

Shanique Yates

Jun 16, 2021

Louisiana To Open Its First Black-Owned Birth Center Thanks To Shatamia Webb

Louisiana will soon get its first Black-owned birth center! According to KATC News , Baby Catcher Birth Center is on schedule to officially open its doors at the end of July and will become the first Black-owned freestanding birth center in the state. Lafayette native, Shatamia Webb says that one of her biggest fears, when it came time for her to give birth , was arriving at the hospital and not being able to come home so she decided to have both of her children at home. Now, she’s on a mission to help all future parents not only feel more confident when it comes to delivering their bundle of joy but informed about the options they have when it comes time to do so. Webb is currently a midwife and has conducted home births for the last four years. For her and her staff, it’s all about mothers knowing “what to expect going in at every stage of the journey.” Staff at the center will provide insights for mothers on topics that include breastfeeding education, nutrition, labor support,...

Shanique Yates

May 12, 2021