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Virtual Doula Support
March 24, 2020 BY ImprovingBirth
On a roller coaster ride while blindfolded. It’s as if we are all riding one right now, but we did not buy a ticket. We did not ask to be here. And we have a ton of uncertainty as to what is around the next corner. Many of us have a handful of unanswered questions…
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Here’s What’s Wrong with the Updated U.S. Maternal Mortality Statistics
February 22, 2020 BY ImprovingBirth
A new official estimate of how many new and expectant people die from causes related to pregnancy and childbirth in the US has finally been released by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and as you probably could have guessed: It’s still terrible.  Compared to 10 similarly wealthy countries, the US ranks 10th. The report…
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Study: 1 in 6 People Experience Mistreatment During Birth
October 7, 2019 BY ImprovingBirth
One in six women in the United States experience mistreatment during childbirth. Stop and think about that for a second. One. In. Six. The interesting thing about this study from the journal Reproductive Health is it expands on previous respectful maternity care studies that, for the most part, have only focused on birthing people who…
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6 Ways to Advocate for Yourself During Pregnancy
October 7, 2019 BY ImprovingBirth
Imagine during one of the most substantial times in your life being treated not as a fellow human being but as a vessel, having a condition to be rescued from - with your experiences made up of processes, checks, and procedures instead of being listened to and cultivating relationships through trust and disclosure. For many…
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Finding Balance in the Maternal Mortality Discussion
July 12, 2019 BY ImprovingBirth
The headlines are screaming it, your patients are asking about it, and your national organization is warning you about it: America has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the developed world, and it is continuing to escalate. In 2018, USA Today released an article that dropped like a bomb: American mothers are dying.…
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Part 2 – Dear ACOG, Moms Have Been Speaking Up. You Just Don’t Believe Us.
May 9, 2019 BY ImprovingBirth
Part 2 - Dear ACOG, Moms Have Been Speaking Up. You Just Don’t Believe Us.   In part 1 of this series, I wrote about how moms have been speaking up to their doctors — oftentimes to save their lives — and being ignored. As a result, many moms are dying of preventable complications, which…
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