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Left: Birth doula Latisa Ratliff, photographed outside her Tempe home on Nov. 16, owns P.S. Love, Mommy Doula Services, which serves expectant families in the Phoenix area. Right: As a birth doula and mother of three, Ratliff encourages her clients to find a health care provider who listens to their individual needs. “Listen to that mother’s intuition,” says Ratliff, photographed holding her daughter in their Tempe home. (Photos by Laura Bargfeld/Cronkite News)

Stephanie Moore sits with her husband, Terrance, in their living room in Phoenix on Nov. 22. Terrance, who worked with a doula through the birth of his son, encourages other men to become more educated about pregnancy and birth to support their partners through that process. “It’s literally in some cases a life or death situation,” he says.

Light shines through a window on pictures of Stephanie and Terrance Moore with their son, T.J. The couple said it was important to them to hire a doula of color during the birth process. In the U.S., Black women face higher rates of pregnancy-associated deaths. (Photos by Laura Bargfeld/Cronkite News)

Left: Stephanie Moore sits with her husband, Terrance, in their living room in Phoenix on Nov. 22. Terrance, who worked with a doula through the birth of his son, encourages other men to become more educated about pregnancy and birth to support their partners through that process. “It’s literally in some cases a life or death situation,” he says. Right: Light shines through a window on pictures of Stephanie and Terrance Moore with their son, T.J. The couple said it was important to them to hire a doula of color during the birth process. In the U.S., Black women face higher rates of pregnancy-associated deaths. (Photos by Laura Bargfeld/Cronkite News)

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