Sen. Vivian Davis Figures drops a truth bomb in the Alabama legislature: “Who do you think birthed your ancestors. Uneducated slaves, ok? They were midwives.”
Cristen speaks with an anonymous doula in Alabama who describes the cultural shift that is happening there slowly, but where maternity care is still largely disempowering and even, at times, physically and emotionally violating.
“As if birthing a baby isn’t hard enough, I gave birth while engaged in a physical struggle against the people I trusted to care for us.”