#99 - Keshia Lockett: On Supporting Black Women Through Pregnancy

The maternal mortality rate for black women in the US is almost three times that of white women. Around the country, black women seeking maternal care are disregarded at a time when they’re most vulnerable. Today, I’m joined by Birth Doula and educator Keshia Lockett of Empowered Black Doula, who is on a mission to empower pregnant people. Through her work, Keshia is a much-needed facilitator between clients and their providers, and she offers emotional, physical, and informational support to pregnant people, mainly in the black community I’m inspired by the way Keshia shows up in the world and grateful to her for sharing her experiences with us. She shared so many insights; I know you’ll get a lot of value when you listen. [00:12:16] Social Media Misinformation [00:23:03] Empowered Black Doula [00:29:52] The Balancing Effect of a Doula's Support [00:42:04] Racism in Maternal Care [00:51:47] Maternal Mortality Rates for Black Women [01:03:48] Vaginal Steaming [01:05:23] Supporting Women in Birth Visit the show notes for more: https://www.BelovedHolistics.com/99 Made possible by: FullWell - code BELOVED10 for 10% off the best prenatal vitamins and men's virility vitamins on the planet! Organifi - code BELOVED for 20% off their Pumpkin Spice Gold Latte! "It's like autumn, and a marshmallow had a baby!" BiOptimizers - code BELOVED for 10% off the only magnesium supplement you'll ever need! BIRTHFIT - code BELOVED to get one month FREE in their B! Community! Connect with Keshia Lockett Website | EmpoweredBlackDoula.com TikTok @keshiathedoula Instagram @EmpoweredBlackDoula Connect with me Instagram @nathanrileyobgyn TikTok @nathanrileyobgyn Practice: BelovedHolistics.com Medical Disclaimer: The Holistic OBGYN Podcast is an educational program. No information conveyed through this podcast should be construed as medical advice. These conversations are available to the public for educational and entertainment purposes only. Music provided by EdvardGaresPremium / Pond5 --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/theholisticobgyn/message

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We don’t need to burn down the medical industrial complex to change women’s healthcare. We merely need a life raft to demonstrate how truly holistic care is better than pharmaceuticals and surgery. This podcast is the catalyst for a new take on pregnancy, postpartum, menopause, and everything in between. It features conversations about relationships, medicine, food systems, political activism, spirituality, and the sacred rites of passage in life, namely birth and death.