Giving birth is a powerful experience, but it can also be a vulnerable one—you're naked, in pain, and you can't just get up and leave. While a lot of airtime is given to the physical pain of birth, the emotional trauma that can come with labor and delivery (and all parts of pregnancy care) is very real and deserves to be talked about, for all parents, but especially Black women, who statistically are more likely to experience serious complications or die during childbirth.

The Code of Medical Ethics of the American Medical Association specifically states, "A physician shall be dedicated to providing competent medical care, with compassion and respect for human dignity and rights." And yet, so many women leave the birth experience feeling that they were not heard.

You can say no

HeHe Stewart, a doula and founder of Tranquility By HeHe Maternity