The specific “story” Chanel Porchia-Albert is referring to is that of the black maternal mortality crisis.

She knows all about the daunting statistics surrounding black motherhood as a mother of six and the CEO of Ancient Song Doula Services, including the fact African-American women are three to four times more likely to die of childbirth related complications.


That is just one of the reasons why she works as a doula to change how black pregnant mothers are treated in the United States.

Check out the video above to learn why Porchia-Albert believes black doulas are crucial to black families in particular, and knowing your rights is a part of necessary maternal care.

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Jessica Moulite

Jessica Moulite is a Video Producer for The Root. She loves telling stories people often times can't tell themselves—and Oprah. She's probably watching Black 90s reruns.