Six Pa. counties classify as ‘maternal health deserts,’ new report says
The report, which uses data from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration found that Cameron, Forest, Greene, Juniata, Sullivan, and Wyoming counties because “there were no hospitals providing obstetric care, no birth centers, no OB/GYN and no certified nurse midwives.”
Access to reproductive health care is a fundamental freedom, advocates say in Capitol rally
'The only reason that it is a political issue today is because it's been politicized and weaponized by a small group of ultra-conservatives,' one speaker said.
New advisory group aims to improve pregnancy, postpartum care in Pa. | Five for the Weekend
Earlier this week, the Pennsylvania Department of Health announced the creation of an advisory group to improve pregnancy and postpartum care support across the commonwealth.
In Philly, maternal mortality, health care inequities take center stage at abortion access hearing
The hearing, the second in a series of meetings about reproductive healthcare in Pennsylvania, focused on the impact abortion bans would have on Pennsylvania’s maternal mortality rate and the implications for OB-GYN physicians, as well as how advocates and providers are faring with an influx of out-of-state patients.
Here’s what to know about Black moms’ pandemic struggles and strengths | Opinion
I'm a Black sociologist and a mom. Really listening opened me to this breadth of experience.
Health care providers, state officials tout new initiatives to combat rise in maternal mortality
In Pennsylvania, pregnancy-related deaths grew by more than 21 percent in the five years between 2013 and 2018, officials said.
Addressing healthcare racism against Black women is key to ending U.S. HIV epidemic | Opinion
Although Black women represent only 13% of the female population, they accounted for over half of HIV diagnoses among all females in the U.S. in 2018.
Report: Philly’s Black maternal morbidity rates ‘among the highest in the nation’
According to a new report by Blue Cross/Blue Shield as part of its Health of America Report series, severe maternal morbidity (SMM) rates in Philadelphia are nearly 190 percent higher for Black women compared to white women.
Pregnancy during COVID-19 lockdown: How the pandemic has affected new mothers | Analysis
For the millions of women who celebrated their first Mother’s Day in May 2021, their transition into motherhood occurred in the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Nothing but racism explains Black women’s higher rate of horrible birth stories | Jarvis DeBerry
Focus on what that says about White providers. If we assume they’re no less competent than Black providers, what — other than racism — explains more Black babies dying on their watch?
‘The system denies our humanity’: Congressional panel hears heartbreaking stories of Black maternal deaths, pregnancy complications, racism
Black birthing people are three times more likely to experience pregnancy-related death when compared to their white counterparts.
COVID-19 in Pa.: During This pandemic, we must address Pa.’s Black maternal health crisis | Opinion
The dire state of Black maternal health in our state and across the country isn’t new. The causes of these disparities run deep in our healthcare system.