NOTE: This post will pull from a previous post I wrote about maternal and fetal mortality in 2016. I really encourage you to read it. Most of this will come from the CDC data and graphics I cite in that post. Maternal mortality is a public health issue. American women die at a rate […]Read More Racism, Filters, and Maternal and Fetal Mortality
A recent story in a local newspaper illustrated a crisis people in my state are facing – a lack of access to healthcare in rural areas. The Columbia Missourian ran a well-researched article by Taylor Blatchford that outlined a crisis hurting women in rural counties. In shows that: In 43% of rural counties in Missouri, there is […]Read More Out of Range: Rural Healthcare for Moms
My baby is now 12 months old. She is a TODDLER. A year ago, I pushed out a baby who has been a joy since day one. Honestly, I feel like I got away with a crime having a baby who eats anything, sleeps through the night, and loves to go out. Today, she got […]Read More 12 things I want to change for new moms
This week, a lot of strange things took place on Capitol Hill. A strange, archaic way to pass bills was used to call for a motion to open debate on a bill. Various versions of “reform” were trotted out for the “Obamacare Crisis”. One version would have removed health coverage from an estimated 30 million […]Read More Let’s Not Throw the Baby Out with the Bathwater, Okay?
Common wisdom about pre-eclampsia seems to be that it ends after pregnancy. Most people know pregnancy hypertension means you need to get the baby out before mom’s blood pressure spikes even more. Because it is usually successfully treated, I’ve heard people say that it’s “no big deal”. Still, between 5 and 8% of births in […]Read More Pre-Eclampsia and Heart Disease: Why We Need Medicaid Expansion
When R was born, I wanted to see the placenta. I asked about that in our birth class. Everyone in the room thought I was weird for asking, “Can we see our placenta”. Much to my husband’s dismay and horror, I did see it (and so did he). I grew up with horses giving birth […]Read More I’m Officially Opposed to Encapsulating Your Placenta Now
This is part two of a series entitled Intervention on Interventions which seeks to address the place of medical science, interventions, and public policy in the lives of women. Using research done on interventions, pilot studies, and public policy interventions, this series will highlight whether or not interventions are to be feared and how public […]Read More Part Two: The World After TBoBB
For as long as I can basically remember, I’ve had a health problem that caused stress or pain. As a child, I was in and out of doctor’s offices and hospitals due to life-threatening asthma. And by the time I hit puberty around age 10, I was dealing with the very real and clear pain […]Read More Birth is not a contest I need to “win”