How Racism Harms Pregnant Women - And What Can Help

How Racism Harms Pregnant Women – And What Can Help

Racism is making people sick — especially black women and babies, says Miriam Zoila Pérez. The doula turned journalist explores the relationship between race, class and illness and tells us about a radically compassionate prenatal care program that can buffer pregnant women from the stress that people of color face every day. Note: Comments are disabled for this video because YouTube’s comment moderation tools are not up to the task of maintaining a quality discourse here. You are welcome and invited to comment on the talk at

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Miriam Zoila Pérez investigates how race and gender affect health — and the people who create spaces for healing.

Why you should listen

Miriam Zoila Pérez began her career as a doula, a layperson who provides support to people during pregnancy and childbirth. That work led her to explore the complex ways our identities shape our health, especially for people of color, LGBT folks and women. As a writer, Pérez has illuminated these topics, and much more, for outlets like Fusion, Talking Points Memo, The American Prospect, Feministing and Colorlines, where she is the gender columnist.

For ten years Pérez has run Radical Doula, a blog that explores the political aspects of doula work. She’s the author of The Radical Doula Guide, a political primer that has influenced a generation of activist doulas.

A frequent speaker at colleges, universities and conferences around the US, Pérez brings her perspective as a queer Cuban-American to the issues she explores. A lover of music, Pérez is also the co-host for the popular Latinx music podcast Radio Menea with Verónica Bayetti Flores.

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