There Is a Hidden Epidemic of Doctors Abusing Women in Labor, Doulas Say

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’s Women Are Pushing Back Against Rampant C-Sections

Brazil has become a C-section capital of the world—a lucrative trend for doctors. But women are demanding the right to vaginal births.


Indigenous Doulas Are Reclaiming Birthing Practices Colonization Tried to Erase

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.


The Radical Doula Merging Pregnancy and Abortion Care

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.