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Community Read: “Battling Over Birth: Black Women and the Maternal Health Care Crisis”
February 25 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MST
The Spring 2020 Community Read is a monthly reading group co-sponsored by the Office for Health Equity and Inclusion, Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, and the Black Cultural Center. This semester, we’ll be reading: Battling Over Birth: Black Women and the Maternal Health Care Crisis. Get your copy: Eccles Health Sciences Library | Amazon.
Battling Over Birth, a 2018 human rights report from Black Women Birthing Justice, shares stories from over 100 women who recently gave birth in California. The report reveals the culture of fear and coercion that has transformed birth into a battleground, a deep lack of trust of our hospitals, and a broken maternal health-care system that fails too many black women. The report shakes up our understanding of where state violence happens, and who it happens to; putting the human rights spotlight onto a system that is often unaccountable to black communities. Battling Over Birth also provides solutions. The report shares positive experiences by black women, and identifies best practices based on their experiences. It makes a series of recommendations, including community accountability boards to hold hospitals accountable; increased access to midwifery and doula-care; recruitment and training of more health-care professionals of color; culturally-competent, empowering prenatal and postpartum care; greater access to home birth and birth centers; and a sharp reduction in the use of C-sections.
We will be discussing Battling Over Birth in 4 sessions on the 4th Tuesday of each month: January 28th (Chapters 1-4), February 25th (Chapters 5-6), March 24th (Chapter 7), and April 28th (Chapters 8-9). Our discussion facilitators are: Amir Lueth, a Population Health Sciences PhD student with an emphasis in Clinical and Translational Epidemiology, and Tiana N. Rogers, Ph.D. who currently serves as Program Manager for Sorenson Impact Center’s Data, Policy, and Performance Innovation team.
Sessions are free and open to the public but registration is required for accurate lunch count. If you are unable to register ahead of time, bring a lunch and please still join us. RSVP/Registration closes 24 hours prior to the event. CME credit is available for this series, as is attendance credit for Nursing and Dental faculty. Click here for CME details and more information.