According to doulas, women are often treated horribly while they're in labor, with medical professionals engaging in abusive behavior that ranges from nonconsensual episiotomies to sexual assault.
Brazil has become a C-section capital of the world—a lucrative trend for doctors. But women are demanding the right to vaginal births.
The ekw'í7tl Indigenous Doula Collective is working to restore age-old customs around pregnancy and childbirth—and reestablish a traditional reverence for women and families in the process.
Miriam Zoila Pérez on her activism, her work as a doula who helps women with both giving birth and abortion, and the way in which systemic racism affects the pregnancy experiences of women of color.