Racism in maternity care in the US is something we all may have heard of, but many families are living it. Baby Magic Podcast wants to help you learn more so you can act more, so that together we can make a change.
Racism doesn't just mean someone acting in a racist way to a birthing woman. Institutionalized medical racism in the US goes back to the times of slavery, and is informed by it. I spoke with Dana-Ain Davis about racial disparities in maternity outcomes; her new book about prematurity rates among Black women in the US and the afterlife of slavery; and where we can go from here.
Davis has been engaged in social justice, particularly reproductive justice, over the last 30 years. She has worked with a number of national reproductive justice organizations; the New York City Department of Health’s Sexual and Reproductive Justice initiative; and Scholars for Social Justice. She served on the New York State Governor’s Task Force on Maternal Mortality and Disparate Racial Outcomes and currently serves on the Birth Equity Collaborative in San Francisco.