A Doula and the Doctors Who Failed Her


Te-Ana Souffrant chose to become a full-spectrum doula after the births of her first and seconds sons, neither of which went according to plan and both of which left her scarred. She wanted to help fix flaws she saw in the medical system and help women like her, especially women of color, navigate childbirth safely. Then came the birth of her third son, which was the most traumatic of all.

Te-Ana believes the medical system had betrayed her.  “How do I find my place again in birth work when it’s something that I’m very passionate about,” Te-Ana said. “And I don’t know if I’m ever going to find it. Because the system broke me. It broke my heart.”

According to a landmark 2019 study published in the journal Reproductive Health, one in six women experiences mistreatment by health-care providers during birth. For birthing people of color, the rates of mistreatment are even higher.

A Doula and the Doctors Who Failed Her is a short documentary that follows one birth worker as she struggles to find her footing in a system she no longer believes in.

Watch Now

  1. Love in the Time of Quarantine
  2. What We Know About COVID-19 and Pregnancy
  3. How Three Pregnant Women Are Responding to COVID-19
  4. Advice from Italian Parents on Lockdown
  5. How West Side Story’s Shereen Pimentel Gets It Done
  6. Inside Athena Calderone’s Elegant Brooklyn Brownstone
  7. How Comedian Jo Firestone Gets It Done
  8. Inside Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney’s Long Island Art Studio
  9. How New Yorker Illustrator Liana Finck Gets It Done
  10. Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan Reveal Their Whimsical Greenwich Village Home
  11. Inside Kelly Behun’s Mesmerizing Apartment in the Clouds
  12. Inside One of the Last Bohemian Homes in Hotel Chelsea
  13. How Iliza Shlesinger Gets It Done
  14. How Hadestown’s Eva Noblezada Gets It Done
  15. 4 Women at the Top of Their Fields on How They Get It Done
  16. How The Daily Show’s Dulcé Sloan Gets It Done
  17. How Rachel Zoe Gets It Done
  18. How YouTuber Hannah Hart Gets It Done
  19. How New York City Ballet’s Lauren Lovette Gets It Done
  20. How Raveena Aurora Gets It Done
A Doula and the Doctors Who Failed Her