#VTCUnfinished: Black Maternal Health
February 4, 2021
Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Virtual - via Zoom
- VTC Chapter of the Student National Medical Association
- VTC Refugee in Medicine Association
- VTC Group on Women in Medicine and Science
- VTC Obstetrics & Gynecology Interest Group
Black Maternal Health
To date, discussions about Black maternal health have been carved into pre-existing reproductive, maternal, and public health conferences where there is little space for meaningful dialogue and limited framing on health equity and reproductive justice.
We know that Black Women are disproportionately impacted by our nation’s maternal mortality crisis and early signs suggest that might also be the case with COVID-19. Mississippi, which has the largest percentage of African Americans in the country, is already noticing a gender disparity with “nearly 60 percent of people with COVID-19 and people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Mississippi being women.”
Moreover, the racial wealth gap and Black Women’s overrepresentation in low wage jobs make them more vulnerable to economic turmoil during the current public health crisis. Hospital visitation restrictions are also eliminating critical sources of support for Black Women during labor and delivery. This includes doulas, family members, friends, and other support persons, which is very concerning given that Black Women already fare much worse than other groups in regard to maternal mortality and near losses.
This session seeks to provide this space to discuss how implicit racial and gender biases can change healthcare outcomes, what disparities currently exist, and how to begin dismantling health injustice. By disseminating best practices to address critical issues in Black maternal health from different sectors including research, care, policy, and culture; we can frame health equity and reproductive justice for Black Women.