Impact on doulas and midwives by Roe V Wade’s reversal


LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The reversal of Roe vs. Wade had an impact on caregivers during pregnancies. A Kentucky doula and future midwife said the decision raises other questions that need to be answered.

What do you want to know

  • Birth caregivers are impacted by the overturning of Roe v. wade
  • A Kentucky doula and future midwife said the decision raises more questions to answer
  • Doula Kazia Bryant says the US Supreme Court decision is a step backwards
  • The decision also has an impact on midwives who help deliver babies during pregnancies.

Kazia Bryant said the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision was a step backwards.

“It’s just a throwback to advancement and as doulas now we have to answer questions like, ‘What am I supposed to do if I don’t want to have this baby?’ Like, what options do I have? What can I do? Where can I go?” says Bryant.

She sees many people coming for her services, such as Jasmine Grant, mother of three.

“I don’t mean mate, but they’re kind of like your mate because she stepped in where I had no one,” Grant said. “And it’s personal. But sometimes you need someone personal who isn’t family. You appreciate it more.

Now, Bryant said the role is changing and they’re counting on her for clarification.

“Helping people through the process of possibly bearing a child and giving birth to a child they may have no mental or emotional connection to,” Bryant said. “Because that’s not where they are in life and so not having that option is just another layer that we kind of have to go through and guide our clients and that’s I mean, it’s scary, scary, scary, scary thing.

Bryant is also a student who is getting her midwifery certificate and said she would not work in a hospital

“I won’t have that umbrella on me when I’m attending to my clients,” Bryant said. “And so if a client comes to see me and she has an early miscarriage, or she has what I believe to be an ectopic pregnancy. My fear of sending her to the hospital is that she won’t get the care she needs.

The executive director of Mama-to-Mama said an ectopic pregnancy can lead to death. This is where the fertilized egg develops outside the uterus.

“And the hospital staff think, ‘oh, you probably had a botched abortion or your midwife tried to help you have an abortion and it didn’t work. So now you’re here and you want me to helps solve this problem, like it’s a heavy load to carry,” Bryant said.

It’s a heavy burden that she hopes to be able to offload with reproductive health options.

The doula program and services are offered in Louisville.


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