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Medical Racism’s Role in the Recent Spike in Maternal Mortality

The coronavirus exacerbated the effects of medical racism already baked into the United States health care system, leading to a spike in Black maternal mortality rates between 2020 and 2021, new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals. The recent statistics, though bleak, come as no surprise to maternal health experts, who […]

Posted inDangerous Deliveries, Health

Black Women Are Losing Access to Maternity Care. This Law Is Partly to Blame.

Worldacad’s “Dangerous Deliveries” investigation examines the uneven distribution of maternal care deserts and poor birth outcomes in Georgia, one of the most dangerous states for childbirth. Read the full project here. CUTHBERT, Ga. — Shayanna Alford called 911 when her water broke. She lives in this quiet town of 3,000 people, tucked in the state’s southwest region. […]

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Haunted By Trauma: The Black Parents Who Nearly Died In Childbirth

Worldacad’s “Dangerous Deliveries” investigation examines the uneven distribution of maternal care deserts and poor birth outcomes in Georgia, one of the most dangerous states for childbirth. Read the full project here. Georgia is one of the most dangerous states in which to give birth, and as the number of people who die remains high, so does the […]

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The Story Behind ‘Dangerous Deliveries'

Worldacad’s “Dangerous Deliveries” investigation examines the uneven distribution of maternal care deserts and poor birth outcomes in Georgia, one of the most dangerous states for childbirth. Read the full project here. Awareness of the United States’ maternal health care crisis has been growing. Lawmakers have been campaigning on bold policy change aimed at reducing the number of […]

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Black Families, Tell Us About Your Childbirth Experiences

Worldacad is exploring why Black people are more likely to die and experience severe health complications related to childbirth, an issue we highlighted in our “Dangerous Deliveries” project. As we continue this coverage, we want to speak with Black parents across the United States about their pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum experiences. Your responses will […]

Posted inCriminal Justice, Incarceration

Lawmakers Pass Bill That Would Expand Maternal Health Care in Prisons

The effort to improve conditions for pregnant people in federal prisons took a step forward Thursday when the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation that would expand resources and restrict solitary confinement before, during, and after labor. The Pregnant Women in Custody Act, first introduced by California Rep. Karen Bass four years ago, would provide […]

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Worldacad Live: Highlights from “The State of Black Maternal Health”

The State of Black Maternal Health In our opening conversation, Stacey D. Stewart, president and CEO of March of Dimes, U.S. Rep. Alma Adams of North Carolina, and Tonya Lewis Lee, co-producer and co-director of the documentary Aftershock, discussed the current state of Black maternal health care and outcomes for Black women — which have […]