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The Savvy Black Birther

22 EpisodesProduced by Takiya Sakina Ballard, Licensed MidwifeWebsite

The Savvy Black Birther is a podcast that inspires, cultivates, validates and protects the voice of Black Mothers as consumers of healthcare in the United States. It equips the black and indigenous birthing person to become a savvy healthcare consumer during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. It is a… read more

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Racism in American Healthcare Education

Has it ever dawn on you that the healthcare provider that you’ve sat across from was once a student? An individual who was shaped into the professional they are today. Now granted, every individual is unique and may evolve differently. Nonetheless, it is when they are being educated that philosophies are formed. Wouldn’t it make sense to begin our reform there? Let’s hear what three healthcare professionals in training have to say; a student nurse, student midwife, and resident.

Featured Guests:

Melissa Banfield, LPN - follow on Instagram here and here.

Dr. Rachel Bervell, MD MS - follow on Instagram here.

Ashleigh Evans - follow here and on Instagram here.

To build on the efforts, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood, Congresswoman Alma Adams, Senator Cory Booker, and members of the Black Maternal Health Caucus, the Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act of 2021 needs your support! The Black Maternal Health Momnibus builds on existing legislation to comprehensively address every dimension of the maternal health crisis in America.

There's a second legislature that passed the U.S. House of Representatives introduced by Congresswoman Robin Kelly. To learn more about the Helping MOMS Act, click here.

If you are looking to take action on the important issue of maternal health in America and more specifically Black Maternal Health, you can:

1. Reach out to your Members of Congress in the House of Representatives and the Senate to make yourself heard. Look up your Representatives in the U.S. House of Representatives here and your Senators here. 2. Spread the word via social media. 3. GET INVOLVED in your community!

DISCLAIMER: The Savvy Black Birther Podcast host and guests do not give legal or healthcare advice, rather information derived from the evidence and/or extensive practice experience. No information recorded should be taken as advice about your personal situation or healthcare decisions. This information is disseminated for the sole purpose of education and empowerment. If you need legal or healthcare advice or information, seek out a well-vetted and suitably qualified professional.

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