Sunday, June 26, 2022

Mother’s helper: Doulas work to ensure a safe birth experience for women of color

Through Birth In Color RVA, executive director Kenda Sutton-El looks to ensure safe birth experiences for mothers and babies in Virginia. ASH DANIEL

It was “divine intervention,” Tameka Robinson says of her introduction to Kenda Sutton-El at a local radio station several years ago. Robinson, a general practice attorney, was at Legacy Internet Radio to contribute to a legal segment while Sutton-El, a doula and executive director of Birth In Color RVA, was there for a separate segment to discuss her Midlothian-based business.

Following what she says was a “traumatic” birth experience with her first child, the newly pregnant Robinson had r...

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