2021年4月17日 星期六

Fixing the Black Maternal Health Crisis

Black women face dire outcomes from pregnancy-related issues.
A roundup of new guidance and stories from NYT Parenting.
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"Black women are three times more likely to die from pregnancy-related issues than white women." That's a tragic fact included in The Times's article about the first-ever proclamation on Black maternal health from the White House, during Black Maternal Health Week. As the reporter Alisha Haridasani Gupta explains, the stimulus plan that passed in March earmarked "$30 million for implicit bias training for health care providers," and it also included "a provision that allows states to expand postpartum Medicaid coverage from 60 days to a full year."

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Implicit bias, or a subconscious negative attitude toward a certain group, is a major problem affecting Black mothers and their babies. Erica Chidi, a doula, and Erica P. Cahill, M.D., an Ob-Gyn, partnered with NYT Parenting to create "Protecting Your Birth: A Guide For Black Mothers." While the guide has excellent information for Black mothers, it also includes tips for doctors, midwives and other providers to help them challenge their own bias and give Black women more informed, better care. The pair also created a list of antiracist prenatal and postnatal care preferences to share with medical providers in order to "lessen the burden and build the groundwork for Black women around these difficult conversations."

Also this week, Melinda Wenner Moyer explores the question: "You're Vaccinated. Your Kids Are Not. What Now?" She gives advice about whether you can have indoor play dates, or go to the gym or out to dinner if you have the jab and your kids don't. Christina Caron tells us what women need to know about the vaccines, including whether a shot may give you heavier periods, how it might affect your mammogram and whether it interferes with fertility treatments. And Bianca Giaever talks to midwives about what an extended birthing scene from an Oscar-nominated movie gets right and wrong about the experience of labor.

Finally, we are looking for photos and videos of family members seeing your sweet pandemic babies in person for the first time. We want to see all the emotions — the laughter and tears — that showed up at these long-awaited meetings with relatives. Click here to submit.

Thanks for reading.

— Jessica Grose, columnist, NYT Parenting

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