Episode 3

What would it take for our mothers and children to survive?


January 29th, 2021

17 mins 43 secs

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About this Episode

What should be one of the most joyful days of a life, ends up being the last for too many women.

This is the episode 3 of the What Would It Take Podcast and this week we’re exploring maternal and infant mortality rates in black, native and alaskan native women as we wrestle with the question what would it take for our mothers and children to survive.

Links to sources from this episode:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Pregnancy Mortality Surveillance System: https://www.cdc.gov/reproductivehealth/maternal-mortality/pregnancy-mortality-surveillance-system.htm

Consumer Watch Dog article _Kira Johnson, Cedars-Sinai Los Angeles: https://www.consumerwatchdog.org/patient-safety/kira-johnson-cedars-sinai-los-angeles

New York Times article _Why America's Black Mothers and Babies Are in a Life-orDeath Crisis: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/11/magazine/black-mothers-babies-death-maternal-mortality.html

Center for American Progress comprehensive policy blueprint on eliminating racial disparities in maternal and infant mortality: https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/women/reports/2019/05/02/469186/eliminating-racial-disparities-maternal-infant-mortality/

Insider article _Black babie are 3 times more likely to die when cared for by white doctors. Their mortality rates plunges with Black doctors: https://www.insider.com/black-babies-more-likely-to-die-when-cared-white-doctors-2020-8

Kaiser Family Foundation article _ _Racial Disparities in Maternal and Infant Health: An Overview:https://www.kff.org/report-section/racial-disparities-in-maternal-and-infant-health-an-overview-issue-brief/

AJMC article _Racial Disparities Persist in Maternal Morbidity, Mortality and Infant Health:https://www.ajmc.com/view/racial-disparities-persist-in-maternal-morbidity-mortality-and-infant-health

ProPublica article _Black Women Disproportionately Suffer Complications of Pregnancy and Childbirth. Lets TAlk about it.: https://www.propublica.org/article/black-women-disproportionately-suffer-complications-of-pregnancy-and-childbirth-lets-talk-about-it

ProPublica sieries of articles _Lost Mothers: https://www.propublica.org/series/lost-mothers

ProPublica article _The New U.S. Maternal Mortality Rate Fails to Capture Many Deaths: https://www.propublica.org/article/the-new-us-maternal-mortality-rate-fails-to-capture-many-deaths

Medscape article _Black Chief Resident Dies After Childbirth, Highlights Tragic Trend: https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/939954?fbclid=IwAR1GK9-eSEfFshMTXz6fFiNa5Cm7HyIquUsQPwghf4gTq_1jU5FTU84EjEs#vp_1

American Progress article _American Indian and Alaska Native Maternal and Infant Mortality: Challenges and Opportunities:https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/early-childhood/news/2018/07/09/451344/american-indian-alaska-native-maternal-infant-mortality-challenges-opportunities/