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We are stronger together. Everyone in the school is invited to join together in reading and discussing a shared book, Reproductive Injustice: Racism, Pregnancy, and Premature Birth by Dána-Ain Davis. 

The 2020-21 OBOC book:

Reproductive Injustice: Racism, Pregnancy, and Premature Birth 
by Dána-Ain Davis

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"A troubling study of the role that medical racism plays in the lives of black women who have given birth to premature and low birth weight infants. Black women have higher rates of premature birth than other women in America. This cannot be simply explained by economic factors, with poorer women lacking resources or access to care. Even professional, middle-class black women are at a much higher risk of premature birth than low-income white women in the United States. Dána-Ain Davis looks into this phenomenon, placing racial differences in birth outcomes into a historical context, revealing that ideas about reproduction and race today have been influenced by the legacy of ideas which developed during the era of slavery.

While poor and low-income black women are often the “mascots” of premature birth outcomes, this book focuses on professional black women, who are just as likely to give birth prematurely. Drawing on an impressive array of interviews with nearly fifty mothers, fathers, neonatologists, nurses, midwives, and reproductive justice advocates, Dána-Ain Davis argues that events leading up to an infant’s arrival in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), and the parents’ experiences while they are in the NICU, reveal subtle but pernicious forms of racism that confound the perceived class dynamics that are frequently understood to be a central factor of premature birth."

 

(text condensed from  NYU Press

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Upcoming Events Related to Maternal and Child Health Equity

Black Babies Matter: Physician-Patient Race Matches and Disparities in Birthing Mortality for Newborns


Friday, March 5, 1-2 pm EST

Co-Sponsored by Pitt Public Health's Center for Health Equity

Lecture by Rachel Hardeman, Blue Cross Endowed Professor of Health and Racial Equity, University of Minnesota

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4th Annual Black Maternal Health Conference:
Conference Theme: Centering the Role of Doulas in Addressing Maternal Health Disparities

Friday, April 9, 12-4 pm EST

The Black Maternal Health Conference will connect experts on Black Maternal Health and health disparities who are working to end the racial inequities and decrease the unexplainable prevalence of adverse maternal health outcomes in Black populations. This conference will benefit public health/medical professionals and students alike. Our goal is that this event will shift the scientific and public policy discussion around the issue of Black Maternal Health disparities and give ground for discussion.

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SHOP LOCAL, SHOP SMALL

We recommend our community members check out the Tiny Bookstore, Pittsburgh's smallest independently-owned bookstore, to order your copy of this year's One Book. Purchase Reproductive Injustice: Racism, Pregnancy, and Premature Birth via this link with the code PPH2020 for a 15% discount!

Follow the Tiny Bookstore on Facebook and Instagram to catch their updates and programming. Check out the Tiny Bookstore's feature in the Pittsburgh City Paper!

Questions?

With questions about OBOC, or to suggest an event, contact Kimmy Rehak, educational programs specialist.

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