MOTHER Lab Blogs

Birthing Black in America

The US is one of the wealthiest developed countries in the world, yet rates of pregnancy-related mortality have more than doubled in the past 30 years. In traditional healthcare settings, one in six women have reported experiencing one or more types of mistreatment, such as the loss of autonomy and being ignored when asking for help.

Establishing Supportive and Successful Black Birthing Communities

Written By: Nichole Moore, Shantiera Taylor, Shubhecchha Dhaurali  On April 9th, Dr. Ndidiamaka Amutah-Onukagha, Dr. Bathsheba Wariso and their colleagues virtually welcomed nearly 1,400 attendees to the Fourth Annual Black Maternal Health Conference, hosted by the Maternal Outcomes for Translational Health Equity Research (MOTHER) Lab. Throughout the afternoon, professionals in the Black maternal health fieldContinue reading “Establishing Supportive and Successful Black Birthing Communities”

Virtual Doula Care

Birthing Black in America:  Centering Community-Based Maternal Telehealth Support Services for Black Birthing Persons Written by: Shubhecchha Dhaurali, Brenna Miller, Melissa Wu, Divine Ogieva, Beverly Udegbe, Inricka Liburd, Kelechi Offor, Paige Feyock  America’s Healthcare Conglomerate was built on the bodies of Black women. Major modern medical innovations and research can be accredited to their pain, suffering,Continue reading “Virtual Doula Care”

HPV Vaccine and Race

Racial Correlates and the HPV Vaccination By: Sereena Jivraj, Mansi Rana, Ameya Menta, Eimaan Anwar of the MOTHER Lab Vaccination is by far the most essential thing we can do to protect ourselves from disease, and it is especially crucial when it comes to the human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV is widespread, and according to theContinue reading “HPV Vaccine and Race”

MOTHER Lab: Mother’s Day Edition

Sereena Jivraj, Leah Franklin, Eimaan Anwar, Mansi Rana The first goal healthcare providers have once a baby born is to directly place the newborn in contact with the mother’s skin. This “golden hour” of skin-to-skin contact “stimulates behaviors that help to meet the newborn’s basic biological needs, activates neuroprotective mechanisms, enables early neurobehavioral self-regulation, andContinue reading “MOTHER Lab: Mother’s Day Edition”


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