Category: News & Press

The Impacts of Climate Change on Alaska Native Maternal Health

Each year, 700 women in the United States die as a result of pregnancy-related complications. In fact, the United States has the highest maternal mortality ratio of all high-income countries—16.7 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births. For Indigenous/Alaskan Native women, that number is even higher: Indigenous/Alaska Natives are 2.3 times more likely to die from pregnancy-related complications than their […]

Black Maternal Health Caucus Co-Chairs Underwood & Adams Celebrate Historic Momnibus Investments Included in Energy & Commerce Committee Build Back Better Markup

The Energy & Commerce Committee advanced critical investments from the Momnibus, including funding to address social determinants of maternal health, grow and diversify the perinatal workforce, and support community-based organizations working to promote maternal health equity Black Maternal Health Caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Lauren Underwood (IL-14) and Rep. Alma Adams (NC-12) applauded the Energy and Commerce Committee for advancing critical investments from […]

Postpartum depression on the rise, especially for women of color, during COVID-19 pandemic

Although the California Department of Public Health has not released figures on the number of women with postpartum depression since 2018, experts say that an increase in calls from women asking for help from local nonprofit organizations, along with lengthening hospital waiting lists, indicate that postpartum depression cases may have increased dramatically over the course […]

Reps. Robin Kelly, Yvette Clarke, Congressional Black Caucus and Congressional Hispanic Caucus Urge Leadership to Permanently Close Medicaid Coverage Gap

Leaders of the CBC and CHC Urge Leadership to Use Economic Recovery Package to Permanently Close the Medicaid Coverage Gap, Bring Affordable Healthcare Coverage to Millions of Americans Congresswoman Robin L. Kelly (D-IL), Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust, Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (D-OH), Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, Congressman Raul Ruiz, M.D. […]

A Dual Pandemic: COVID-19 and Sexism

Women have long been relied upon to serve as caretakers, but who is taking care of them? In a period of sustained crisis, women have also shouldered the burdens of child/elder care, widespread employment discrimination, and gender-based violence (GBV). As we continue to respond to the pandemic, women cannot be left behind. They need to […]

Senate Bill a Big Win for Health Workers around the Globe

Even as the world is struggling to address COVID-19, we must plan and prepare for future pandemics. In fact, a recent estimate shows that the probability of a future zoonotic spillover event resulting in a pandemic of COVID-19 magnitude or larger is high: a 22-28% chance within the next ten years.  With this risk in mind, the […]

As ICUs reach capacity, pregnant women must get vaccinated

As the chief medical officer for a large obstetrics (OB) medical network whose obstetrician/gynecologists are available in the hospital 24/7, I work with fellow OB/GYNs and labor and delivery rooms throughout the country.  In recent weeks, our network of 1,000+ OBs are witnessing a disturbing trend among pregnant women — between 200-250 distinct patients are showing […]

COVID-19 Q&A with Heidi Murkoff and Dr. Anthony Fauci

Heidi Murkoff sat down with Dr. Anthony Fauci to answer your top questions about the COVID-19 vaccine. The two discuss everything from why getting vaccinated is a safe choice for expectant parents to the best ways to keep your little ones protected.