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Thinking Forward Lecture Series: “Death By Delivery” and Panel Discussion at BCCRC
February 29 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pmFree
“WELL, WELL, WELL”
Screening of DEATH BY DELIVERY
Exposes how bias in health care and societal inequities drive the Maternal
Care crisis for Black Women in America
Followed by a panel discussion. Moderated by Rev. Tisha Williams, Pastor First Baptist Church, Creator, “Who’s That Lady?” Ministries.
Dr. Florence Rolston, Clinical Asst Professor, Dept of OB/GYN and Reproductive Medicine, Hamptons Gynecology & Obstetrics, Stony Brook/ Sara Topping, ED, East End Birth Network/ Lauren LaMagna, Public Affairs Manager, Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic/ Stephanie Henriques, Deputy Director, Administration for Children’s Services, NYC, also works as a doula/ Andrea Dozier-Nartey, ED Southampton Youth Association
Presented at the Bridgehampton Child Care & Recreational Center
in partnership with
Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic
East End Birth Network, Inc
Suffolk County Department of Health, Office of Minority Health
Saturday February 29th at Noon (Doors open 11:30 AM)
551 Sag Harbor Turnpike Bridgehampton
Expectant mothers in the United States have plenty to worry about, from concerns about medical costs and childcare expenses to wondering what, if any, parental leave they’ll get. What millions of American mothers-to-be may not know, however, is that one of the big worries is actually about their own health. Fusion’s new documentary, Death By Delivery, demonstrates why maternal mortality should be a real and pressing concern for thousands of women per year. Even more alarming, Black women face the biggest risks of all.
Most American women probably don’t spend much time worrying about the medical complications they may face during childbirth. It’s the same reason you don’t worry about polio, scurvy, or malaria — these are all, supposedly, medical traumas that only affect women without access to modern healthcare. Yet, as Death By Delivery documentarian Nelufar Hedayat discovered, maternal mortality rates are higher today than they were in 1987. Black women, moreover, are nearly four times more likely to die during childbirth than their white counterparts. This statistic is all the more stunning because, according to the documentary, the discrepancies persist even when researchers controlled for socioeconomic status and education.”You can be a college-educated black woman and you will have, in probability, a worse birth outcome than if you were a high school-educated, nonworking white woman,” Hedayat tells Bustle. “This is not an issue about poverty,” she adds, “but about racial discrimination.”
All our lectures are free. Refreshments will be served.