I wanted to reply to this, even though the original post is from quiet some time ago. However OP I am encouraged by your voice and want to encourage you to use it more. I live between worlds as a woman of color who looks white and married into a "white" last name. So for all intents and purposes to the system I am white. HOWEVER my sisters kept their maiden name and have a darker skin than I (genetics is funny). I noticed a significant differnce it the way my own perinatal care was managed to how my sisters care was managed (one of them had care with the same practice of providers.)
I believe the number one way for helping to change disparencies is to speak about it more. I believe culturally women of color are taught to respect the person of power in systems relationships (ie: their parents, Drs, teachers, ect.) and are significantly unlikely to speak up for their own care. Resigning themselves to what they get. I think of my own father who was in the hospital this past summer for major surgery. When he told the Dr he didn't feel right they dismissed his requests for tests/followup. Later we learned the surgery went seriously wrong. It took me talking with the Dr's to take his claims seriously!
I do believe there are ways to help the community without investing in education to be a professional. It is equally helpful for women to hear stories of what it is like to have empowering births with providers who honor and value the mothers/families. One way to do this is to start a birth circle, postpartum support circle or red tent in your community, where you can begin to look at how the women of your own community are treated and that ways you can work together to change the kind of care you are willing to accept.
This journey can be incredibly isolating for mothers in general, but especially women of color who meet a variety of barriers to care.
ETA: May birth professionals like CPM's and Doulas believe in offering support to women of color/low income/ otherwise underserved populations at deeply reduced fees/arrangements. I believe that if a woman wants a more holistic model of care she should have access to that care and know many others who feel the same. From my research I believe a homebirth can be sometimes a safer alternative to hospital births, but do believe it is dependent on many factors (no one size fits all here)... the main factor being diet, which can be a barrier to care for many low income families.
Thank you so much for voicing this and allowing us to support you here. Please PM me if you would like to talk more.