Meet the black doulas trying to change that. In the US, black babies die at twice the rate of white babies. In Cleveland, the mortality rate is nearly three times as high. Can birth advocates make a difference in one of America’s most segregated cities? Nina Lakhani explores the running of Birthing Beautiful Communities. This Cleveland-based African American doula collective provides culturally sensitive education, advocacy and emotional support for women during pregnancy and up to a year after birth, fighting back against the racial disparities in maternal and infant mortality.