• Deaths From Pregnancy and Childbirth: Why is health care less responsive to black women?
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    Deaths From Pregnancy and Childbirth: Why is health care less responsive to black women?

    KAREN SCOTT: What is it about the system, right, really looking at systems accountability, what is it about the system that allows variation in the responsiveness to a black mother who’s reporting symptoms that are being dismissed, discounted, neglected. or there’s is a delay? And why are we seeing a variation in the response when we have science and technology that shows that we’re able to prevent 60% these causes? So we’re wondering, what is it about that response to the black mother, to black per, to black colored people that’s causing these variations within systems where black people are coming to the hospitals, they are educated, they have health…

  • Serena Williams Unborn Baby Already Facing Racism
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    Serena Williams Unborn Baby Already Facing Racism

    SERENA WILLIAMS IS PREGNANT, WHICH IS SUPER EXCITING. AND HER FIANC… IS ACTUALLY ALEXIS OHANIAN, FELLOW ARMENIAN, AND ALSO COFOUNDER OF REDDIT. SOME PEOPLE HAVE BEEN HAVING SOME NASTY REACTIONS TO THE PREGNANCY, INCLUDING ONE TENNIS PLAYER WHO ALLEGEDLY SAID, “LET’S SEE WHAT COLOR IT HAS, CHOCOLATE WITH MILK?” RACISTS LOVE STUFF LIKE THAT. THEY ALWAYS THINK IT’S SO CLEVER. CHOCOLATE, BUT WITH MILK. SO, AT FIRST I’M LIKE, OKAY, THAT WAS NOT A NICE STATEMENT, BUT IF THAT’S THE FIRST TIME HE’S SAID SOMETHING CONTROVERSIAL, IT’S NOT THE END OF THE WORLD. BUT APPARENTLY HE HAS THE NICKNAME NASTY, BECAUSE HE SAYS A LOT OF NASTY THINGS. THE INTERNATIONAL…

  • The Terrifying Threat To Pregnant Black Women & Their Babies | Shady | Refinery29
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    The Terrifying Threat To Pregnant Black Women & Their Babies | Shady | Refinery29

    Some doctors, some nurses don’t want you to ask any questions. Our grandparents didn’t really want to go to the doctor because they never trusted the doctor. So then that got passed on to us. I felt like your biases is why my son is not here. Across the country, many black women are trying to realize the American dream, having a family. The problem is, far too many of them are going into the hospital and not making it back out. Income, prior health issues, genetics, none of it explains the disparity black women face. The one thing that could is something this country has struggled with for centuries.…

  • Black Mothers Matter: Racism and Childbirth in America (highlights)
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    Black Mothers Matter: Racism and Childbirth in America (highlights)

    We went in at 2:00 p.m. for was expected to be a routine scheduled C-section. I was the one that noticed the blood in my wife’s catheter, brought it to the attention of the staff at Cedars-Sinai shortly after 4:00. It wasn’t until after midnight that they finally took Kira back to surgery. When they opened Kira up, there were three and a half liters of blood in her abdomen and her heart stopped immediately, there was nothing they could do to bring her back. And I have to the ask question, would that have happened if I was not African-American. The U.S. has the worst rate of maternal deaths…

  • Deaths From Pregnancy and Childbirth: Maternal Mortality Review Committees
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    Deaths From Pregnancy and Childbirth: Maternal Mortality Review Committees

    HAYWOOD BROWN: One of the things that I focused on over the past couple of years is to really push for maternal mortality reviews. And we spent a lot of time on Capitol Hill. And as Dr. Barfield has indicated, we did get legislation passed this year called the Preventive Maternal Death Act and Maternal Health Accountability Act that was signed into law. And the idea was that every state would have a maternal mortality review so we could better understand the causes of pregnancy-related death. There was going to be some financial support for the infrastructure for states who did not have a maternal review program, and also for…

  • Deaths From Pregnancy and Childbirth: Vulnerable and mistreated
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    Deaths From Pregnancy and Childbirth: Vulnerable and mistreated

    ANA LANGER: We documented that everywhere, but it could happen to any woman, but it mostly happens to women who are vulnerable because of race, ethnicity, age, socioeconomic status. Women are very poorly treated. In fact, they are subjected to completely unacceptable behaviors. Sometimes, they are slapped. They are spoken to in a very rude way. They are retained in facilities, sometimes because they cannot pay. Well, obviously, their informed consent is not asked for. So there are so many ways women are poorly treated, and that’s the experience of care. So we’ve been talking mostly about clinical care, which is obviously essential. But the way women experience their childbirth…

  • Deaths From Pregnancy and Childbirth: The burden on African American women
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    Deaths From Pregnancy and Childbirth: The burden on African American women

    WANDA BARFIELD: For more than 30 years, we’ve seen a disproportionate burden of death among African-American women. Today, black women are almost four times as likely to die of a pregnancy related complication compared to white women. And this is really an unconscionable issue importantly emerging data from state based maternal mortality review committees, and these are groups that come together to try to understand the causes of death. They’re showing that 60% of maternal deaths may be preventable, and so we have no reason to believe that this prevent abilities that would vary by race. So we have a lot of room for opportunities for intervention in this area.

  • Deaths From Pregnancy and Childbirth: Helping rural hospitals
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    Deaths From Pregnancy and Childbirth: Helping rural hospitals

    SUSAN MANN: It’s a real different world out in rural health, compared to what I’d been living in Boston. I joke that if I sneeze, there are about four people to hand me a Kleenex. If you’re in a rural hospital, you’re waiting for the truck to come to deliver the Kleenex. So it’s quite a different experience. And so when I said, well, tell me about some of these hospitals– this system of 17 hospitals– they said, well, you know, some of them are really quite small. And I said, how small are they? They said, well, some of them do 50 deliveries a year. And I said, wow!…

  • Deaths From Pregnancy and Childbirth: Takeaways
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    Deaths From Pregnancy and Childbirth: Takeaways

    TINA MARTIN: I just want to give each of the speakers an opportunity to give us maybe one or two takeaways from this one. Wanda, we’ll start with you. WANDA BARFIELD: So I think that there’s a lot that we can do. But one area that’s really critical for states is to think about insuring risk-appropriate care. We need to standardize and improve care to ensure that all women are delivering at the right place at the right time and the right hospital. TINA MARTIN: Ana? ANA LANGER: Yes. I would like to emphasize that the US is part of the globe, and that we should break that silo, too,…

  • Why You Shouldn’t Watch The Birth of a Nation (and why you should) | Brows Held High
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    Why You Shouldn’t Watch The Birth of a Nation (and why you should) | Brows Held High

    How many film students have seen this movie? Since it hit the first movie theaters a little over a century ago, how many students have been taught to admire the editing, admire the scale, admire the nail-biting final chase scene? Where a white family is beset on all sides by bestial black soldiers played by white actors in blackface to be saved at the last second by the film’s heroes, the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. The standard story goes that “Birth of a Nation” was also the birth of the feature film that it set the standards of Hollywood filmmaking, Hollywood’s storytelling for the coming century. This film,…