Sep 18, 2018
*trigger warning: we know this is a heavy topic so please take the space you need for self-care*
On today’s episode, the squad will be discussing the maternal mortality crisis in the U.S. The United States has the worst maternal mortality rate of all developed nations and sadly this trend is not an emerging issue. For the past THREE DECADES, the CDC has documented a rise in the national pregnancy-related mortality ratio. We also know that Black mothers are 3 to 4 times more likely to die in childbirth than white women and even more shocking, that 50% of all maternal deaths are considered preventable. Join us as we break down some of the reasons mothers are dying, how our nation is responding, and what we can all do to make birth and postpartum safer for women and babies.
We didn’t want to tackle this topic alone so we have brought in our very first TKS guest to help us explore this important issue! Courtney Butts is a Licensed Master Social Worker and certified doula in Dallas TX. Courtney is the Programs Director at an area Domestic Violence agency where she is responsible for the development, planning, and coordination of violence prevention services. Courtney has coupled her passion for working with survivors of domestic violence with her love of pregnant women and is on a mission to lower the maternal mortality rate of Black mothers.
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