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Maternity Deserts and Short Staffing Risk American Births

American women increasingly face threats to their lives during childbirth, with many residing in “maternity deserts,” or counties without hospitals or birth centers offering obstetric care. A March of Dimes report from August 2023 revealed that over 5.6 million women now live in areas with restricted or no access to maternity care services, up from […]

CDC Report: Maternity Care Mistreatment Disparities

According to a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in five women, or 20%, have reported experiencing mistreatment during pregnancy and delivery care. The rates of reported mistreatment are notably higher among Black, Hispanic, and multiracial women. Types of mistreatment cited include: not receiving answers to requests for assistance, […]

Maternity ward to close after death of Black mother

April Valentine entered Centinela Hospital Medical Center’s maternity ward in Inglewood, California, on January 9 and tragically passed away during labor the next day due to a blood clot. Her grieving family and partner, Nigha Robertson, have since filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the hospital, alleging negligence by its staff. The family also raised […]

Three Nurses Transforming Healthcare: J&J Nurses Innovate

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Healthcare advances when nurses innovate. Johnson & Johnson is pleased to have assisted nurse entrepreneurs and innovators through the Johnson & Johnson Nurses Innovate QuickFire Challenge Awards, which has awarded grant money for nurse-founded healthcare products and methods. The innovation journey, however, doesn’t end there. Below, three inspirational QuickFire Challenge recipients discuss what they’ve been […]

BabyLiveAdvice Announces $1.1 Million Seed Investment

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BabyLiveAdvice, the leading virtual maternal telehealth provider, just announced a $1.1 million seed investment led by Venn Ventures and Synergen Technology Labs. Participating strategic investors include: Venn Ventures, venture capital group, Synergen Technology Labs, technology innovators, Ob Hospitalist Group (OBHG) the nation’s largest and only dedicated OB hospitalist provider, CareFirst BCBS, payer organization, and LifeBridge […]

BabyLiveAdvice partners with the National Black Doula Association

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In honor of National Minority Health Month and Black Maternal Health Week, BabyLiveAdvice (BLA) is excited to report the completion of an important motherly telehealth project that will soon be launching its next phase, both bringing free virtual telehealth support to minority mothers during pregnancy and postpartum. Read Here

Maternity Care in Medi-Cal – Download PDF

There are about 4 million babies born every year in the US – and about 500,000 of them are born in California. An enormous amount of these births are funded by Medi-Cal: over one-eighth of all Medi-cal patients. Medi-Cal is a form of social insurance that covers one third of California’s population. It pays for […]

Advancing Birth Justice – Download PDF

In 2018, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a comprehensive initiative to address poor maternal and infant health outcomes and disparities. One of the proposals included the development of a Medicaid pilot program to cover doula services. The goal of this project is to cover labor support costs and provide home visits by doulas for […]

To Prevent Women from Dying in Childbirth, First Stop Blaming Them

Although maternal mortality rates have been on the decline in developing countries worldwide, their rate has increased in the US. In 1987, there were 300 deaths per 100,000 live births but now 850-950 per 100,000 births. Each year there are about 800 women maternal deaths. Read Here