Tewa Women United

https://www.vogue.com/projects/13549256/tewa-women-united-new-mexico/ It begins and ends with smoke. Singed white sage is brushed up and down the body. Head to toe, limb to limb. This ritual smudging is meant to clear the indistinct wounds of trauma. A restless morning or ugly fight must first be washed away before each woman enters the headquarters of Tewa WomenContinue reading “Tewa Women United”

Why America’s Black Mothers and Babies Are in a Life-or-Death Crisis

https://mobile.nytimes.com/2018/04/11/magazine/black-mothers-babies-death-maternal-mortality.html The answer to the disparity in death rates has everything to do with the lived experience of being a black woman in America. Black infants in America are now more than twice as likely to die as white infants — 11.3 per 1,000 black babies, compared with 4.9 per 1,000 white babies, according toContinue reading “Why America’s Black Mothers and Babies Are in a Life-or-Death Crisis”

Making Pregnancy Safer for Women of Color

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/14/opinion/pregnancy-safer-women-color.html   On its face, Joseph’s prenatal and postpartum clinic might not seem unusual. But when you look into her statistics, you find something quite rare: Almost all of her patients give birth to healthy, full-term babies. Again, maybe not surprising until you learn that the majority of them are low-income African-Americans, Haitians and Latinas.Continue reading “Making Pregnancy Safer for Women of Color”