“In 21st-Century America, no woman should die in childbirth.” … But they do

“Maternity care desert is is where there is limited access for women who are pregnant.”¬† Access to health care is not just as simple as facilities being open. The distance someone has to¬†travel to get to that facility also matters. The people who live in “Maternity Desert” in Washington , D.C. are predominantly African American,Continue reading ““In 21st-Century America, no woman should die in childbirth.” … But they do”

Links Roundup: Racial Disparities in Maternal Mortality

Higher rates of maternal death among Black women in the US have been evident in research for a long time but have lately gotten a lot more mainstream coverage. The increase in coverage is important to raising awareness and implementing changes in health care that would improve outcomes, but it has unfortunately come out ofContinue reading “Links Roundup: Racial Disparities in Maternal Mortality”

What is Reproductive Coercion?

Reproductive Coercion is getting some surprise attention this week after actors Nikki Reed and Ian Somerhalder went on Dr Berlin’s Informed Pregnancy Podcast and related their pregnancy story with a few red flags. (Note: Dr. Berlin is a prenatal chiropractor, chiropractors are not medical doctors.) I’ve linked the podcast so you can listen for yourselfContinue reading “What is Reproductive Coercion?”

Mapping Abortion Access

This visual representation of abortion access in the USA from The Pudding is really fantastic and informative –albeit depressing. Since 1973, abortion has been legal (up to the third trimester of pregnancy) following the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade that asserted that pregnancy termination is part of a pregnant person’s right to privacy.Continue reading “Mapping Abortion Access”