The Relationship between Doulas and Latina Women: The Literal and Cultural Translator

By Emily Teixeira For a Latina woman, childbirth is a moment she dreamed of since she was a child. That dream is then shattered in this world that is built by white men who get to decide how their birth unfolds, white women who get to decide what’s “trendy”, and white medicine that diminishes everythingContinue reading “The Relationship between Doulas and Latina Women: The Literal and Cultural Translator”

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”

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”

What Sparked Our Interest in Maternal Health?

Leah Franklin, Sereena Jivraj, Eimaan Anwar, & Mansi Rana   Maternal health – birthing, delivery, prenatal health, and postpartum health – is a broad and complex field. There are many parts that encompass maternal health, and we all have our own experiences that have shaped our interests in the matter. Whether we ourselves gave birth, orContinue reading “What Sparked Our Interest in Maternal Health?”

Maternal Health Professional Pipeline

The Need for a Maternal Health Professional Pipeline to Reduce Health Disparities   Mansi Rana, Sereena Jivraj, Leah Franklin, & Eimaan Anwar  Discussing maternal health within the United States without addressing the experiences of Black birthing people is a large reason why severe racial birthing outcome disparities continue to prevail. Black infants are two times moreContinue reading “Maternal Health Professional Pipeline”