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Black Woman Claims Labor Nurse Told Her To ‘Shut Up’ While Experiencing Childbirth Pain And Accused Her Of Being On Drugs

Regularly, Black women come out and share their experiences of medical bias and racism. Now, model and actress Mary Katherine has come forward with her own horror story.

Oct 11, 2022

March Of Dimes Revamps Training For Implicit Bias In Maternal and Infant Health

March of Dimes is enhancing its efforts to raise awareness towards bias in maternal and infant health. According to a press release, the nonprofit organization has announced new changes to its implicit bias training, Awareness to Action: Dismantling Bias in Maternal and Infant Healthcare, designed for professionals and students in healthcare. The program aims to remove inequities plaguing maternal and infant health. According to recent data from the 2021 March of Dimes Report Card Black, American Indian, and Alaska Native women had disproportionate health outcomes in comparison to their white counterparts. “Every person has some level of unconscious bias, but unchecked stereotyping or negative biases about a group of patients can foster misplaced beliefs and lead to poor decision making by providers,” said Dr. Zsakeba Henderson , Senior Vice President and Interim Chief Medical and Health Officer, according to a press release. “Knowledge and behavior change are the first steps to...

Apr 14, 2022

Ciara Says 'It’s Time For Us To Champion A New Narrative' When It Comes To Black Women And Cervical Cancer

Ciara hopes to see improved health narratives for Black women, starting with cervical cancer. The music legend recently penned a letter for NBC News to advocate for cervical care. According to a recent study, Black women die from cervical cancer at a higher rate than any other racial or ethnic group in the nation. The reality is jarring as the cancer is preventable and treatable. However, due to medical bias and racial disparities, Black women are more likely to be left in the dark. “The common narrative around Black women and cervical cancer is that we are ‘disproportionately’ affected by it. Astonishingly, Black women are twice as likely to die from cervical cancer than white women, but it’s not because of biology — it’s because of health care disparities, systemic racism and long-held inequities,” Ciara wrote. “This must change. It’s time for us to champion a new narrative — one driven by confidence and strength that extends, rather than ends, a healthy and joyful life.”

Feb 1, 2022