“We Been Not Breathin'”: Doulas Demand Change

Black babies in Wisconsin die at a higher rate than any other state.

And nationally, Black mothers die in childbirth at a rate that’s three times greater than that of white mothers. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most of those deaths are preventable.

Those racial inequities for women and children are why hundreds marched in downtown Madison on Saturday. Protestors marched from the Wisconsin State Capitol to Meriter Hospital and St Mary’s Hospital, where organizers described their own experiences, and demanded change.

The march, titled “We Been Not Breathin’,” was the eighth day of continuous Black Lives Matter protests in Madison in the wake of the killing of George Floyd.

Read on wortfm.org. This report received a gold award in the Milwaukee Press Club’s 2020 Excellence in Wisconsin Journalism Awards.