Harris County has one of the highest rates of maternal morbidity among metropolitan areas in the United States. Between 2008 and 2015, Harris County’s incidence of maternal morbidity increased 53%, compared to a 15% increase for Texas overall.
Join Houston Community Catalyst in partnership with Improving Maternal Health Houston. (https://imhhouston.org/) As we aim to debunk the many myths surrounding maternal mortality and provide women with information on how to care for themselves before, during, and after pregnancy.
Implicit bias causes African American women to experience more
stress throughout their lifetimes, which adversely affects their health.
Their reproductive health may also be affected; social and
demographic biases have been shown to affect practitioners’
recommendations for long-acting reversible contraceptive methods.
During labor, African American women tend to be offered pain
medication later than are white women. In addition, African
Americans are less likely to be diagnosed with and appropriately treated
for heart disease, which is a leading cause of maternal death, both
before and after delivery. Postpartum depression and anxiety are
also underdiagnosed and undertreated in African American women.
After the long process of applying for Medicaid, Juanita Coleman was
finally approved. That was not the end of her difficulties. Juanita was
12 to 13 weeks pregnant still trying to find a doctor accept
Medicaid as their only form of insurance. In episode two, hear from
Juanita as she shares her story of the care she received while on
Medicaid and the struggle of trying to stay insured.