May 18, 2016

I had a plan. To have a natural birth in water. No surgery. No medication. And I even heard the word preeclampsia, albeit in passing, as a reason I would not be able to birth in water if this life-threatening condition arose. I felt informed and then moved through an effortless and healthy pregnancy. Until the 37-week mark.

I felt healthy and ready to deliver any day. However, I didn't...

February 4, 2016

Birth justice – obstetric violence – dehumanized care – respectful maternity care – why do we have these conversations?


Globally there are far too many incidents of disrespect and violations to women and their families during pregnancy, labor and birth. Although there is little actual data available the stories are all too familiar. In the Caribbean region, women accessing care are too...

November 20, 2015




On November 17, 2015, World Prematurity Day, a landmark initiative was launched at the University of California, San Francisco, the UCSF Preterm Birth Initiative (PTBi). Worldwide 1 in 9 babies are born too soon (prematurely) and Black babies are most likely to not reach their first birthday. Black and Hispanic women are three times and two times more likely than White women to expe...

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