After the delivery of her child, our guest suffered from postpartum uterine atony, a precursor to a life-threatening hemorrhage which has fueled her quest for education and advocacy for women’s health. Serious or life-threatening maternal morbidity (development of a medical condition before, during, or after childbirth) affects about 60,000 women in the U.S. each year, and those numbers are increasing. But why? Melanie Odeleye, MD joins Dan to bring this important topic to the table for expecting parents and medical communities. They discuss potential pregnancy-related complications, community resources needed for lowering mortality rates around childbirth, and why Black populations are most at risk, which includes her own city of Detroit. Maternal vulnerability is complicated and multi-faceted, so Melanie wants to shine a light on the history and factors that contribute to these health disparities—to reverse the trend.
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