Unpacking Black Maternal Mortality

Updated: Nov 21, 2019

Episode 3: Parenting Decolonized Podcast


Welcome back to Parenting Decolonized, a podcast with candid conversations on parenting while black, white supremacy, and the decolonization process to help you grow from where you are to where you want to be. If you haven’t already, please make sure to subscribe and download this episode wherever you listen to podcasts to get your learn on, on the go! Today we’re discussing black maternal mortality with Dr. Theresa Chapple.


Dr. Chapple is an expert reproductive and perinatal epidemiologist, which means that she focuses on preventing all diseases and ailments that can occur to a woman immediately before pregnancy, mother and baby during pregnancy, and up to a year after birth. She focuses specifically on health disparities as they impact black mothers and babies. She believes in breaking cycles, ending generational health curses, and decolonizing the medical and public health fields.


During the show we’re going to break down

  • The systemic causes of black maternal mortality

  • Why maternal and infant mortality happens on a continuum

  • Why black women are experiencing maternal mortality 3x more than white women

  • How racism contributes to black maternal mortality rates

  • How the birth planning process should work

  • The different ways we can advocate for ourselves

  • How the stress of being Black in America contributes to heightened

  • Finding all the different places we can intervene in order to stop the leaky pipeline



" If we start off our parenting experience being traumatized, it has to play into the way we parent, and the steps we take after that.”- Theresa C.

This episode has so many life-changing gems ya’ll, so please make sure to subscribe, download, and share so we can help spread the word about what we can do to help impact change and save lives. My call to action to you is to make sure any candidate you’re voting for in the upcoming election gives a damn about this issue. I also encourage you to claim your seat at the table as part of your state’s Maternal Review Board. It’s not enough to be upset about it. We need to organize and make our voices heard for us, and our babies.


Connect with Dr. Theresa Chappel on twitter at https://twitter.com/Theresa_Chapple

And if you're a black parent who wants to learn how to be a more conscious parent, we'd love to have you in our Facebook group, Conscious Parenting for the Culture.


We'll be discussing this more on the Parenting Decolonized Facebook page so see ya'll over there!

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