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In the Room: Women of Color Doulas in a Time of Crisis

April 20, 2023 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

In the Room: Women of Color Doulas in a Time of Crisis

Thursday, April 20th 5:30-7:30pm in Caldwell Hall 105


About the “In the Room”

“In the Room” explores the work of women of color doulas laboring in Chicago in an era where doulas are increasingly hailed -by the state and by activists- as precisely the innovation that can save black mother’s lives. Professor Nash’s analysis draws on twenty-three interviews she conducted in 2018 with birth doulas-many of whom describe themselves as “bodyguards” — working in the Chicago metropolitan area. She explores the complicated tensions around professionalization and the medicalization of birth that underpins their practice, and considers the place of their work in the ongoing effort to eradicate black infant and maternal mortality.

About Dr. Jennifer Nash

Jennifer C. Nash is Jean Fox O’Barr Professor of Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies at Duke University. She is the author of three books – all on Duke University Press – Birthing Black Mothers, Black Feminism Reimagined: After Intersectionality, and The Black Body in Ecstasy: Reading Race, Reading Pornography.

Headshot of Dr. Jennifer C. Nash


April 20, 2023
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm


105 Caldwell
240 E. Cameron Ave
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27514
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