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How to Build Support for Pregnant Women, Maternal Health in Rural Areas

Women who give birth face numerous risks leading up to, during, and after delivery. Pregnancy complications can bring about physical and mental effects, including post-partum depression, infections, preterm labor, and other significant risks. Without proper medical care, these risks can increase — especially for women of color and those living in rural communities. That’s why …
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Report: Government Can Play a Critical Role in Maternal Health for Women of Color

In the last 30 years, maternal health disparities have increased for women of color, according to a new report by the US Commission on Civil Rights. For example, There are 10.3 deaths per 100,000 for Latina women. For white women there are only 6 deaths per 100,000. Moreover, Black women are 3 to 4 times …
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Banker Turned Psychiatrist: How Dr. Octavio N. Martinez, Jr. Found His Calling

“Now remember, you must return your books on time,” said the librarian at the local public library in Austin, Texas. She peered down at 6-year-old Octavio N. Martinez, Jr., who eagerly nodded in agreement. She smiled and handed the child his first library card. From there, Octavio fell in love. Hard. He loved books and …
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CDC: Majority of US Pregnancy-Related Deaths Are Preventable

The US has the highest maternal mortality rate among developed countries, and 84% of those pregnancy-related deaths are preventable, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These shocking statistics can be difficult to digest, especially since the US spends more on healthcare per capita than other industrialized nations. What …
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Nearly 12,000 People Contacted National Maternal Mental Health Hotline Last Year

Motherhood can be an exciting time full of new experiences and cherished moments – but it can also be mentally and physically taxing. That’s why the US Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) created the National Maternal Mental Health Hotline, which celebrated its first anniversary on Mother’s Day 2023. Let’s explore how and why the …
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