Hey all! I’m a producer for Empowered Health, a new podcast that is aiming to demystify women’s health.
We just put out the first episode of our two-part series on the maternal mortality crisis. Episode one explores how race plays a role in this crisis– it becomes clear our culture isn't doing enough to protect black mothers. Black women are three to four times more likely than non-Hispanic white women to die during childbirth. That’s even after adjusting for socioeconomic factors, like education and income.
As more than one researcher said to us, the birthing crisis is the canary in the coal mine of women's health. It is a problem of women not being listened to, not being respected and being disempowered during a time in life when they should feel entitled to good care and a personal feeling of empowerment, feeling full of feminine power and purpose.
Dr. Neel Shah, the director of the Delivery Decisions Initiative at Ariadne Labs, breaks down how medical students are trained to be biased and how that contributes to this problem. Fatima Dainkeh of YWCABoston helps us understand actually talking to black mothers is a good place to start and that a day-long workshop on bias isn't going to cut it. Midwife Ebony Marcelle shares how she's shaped her care model to better serve African American mothers. And, Dr. Mary-Ann Etiebet, the executive director of Merck for Mothers, looks at the global initiative she heads working to integrating the voices of black women into maternal mortality and morbidity.
Figured this group might be interested in this episode, here's the link:
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