In 1989, the Physician’s Health Study on the benefits of aspirin for heart disease included 22,000 men and no women—and while we have made great strides toward more representative research in the decades since, women still aren’t included in biomedical research at a proportionate rate.
While President Trump prepared to deliver his “State of the Union” address, Mothering Justice Michigan Executive Director Eboni Taylor offered an address to highlight disparities and inequalities Black mothers face and to challenge the public and policymakers to take action.
Teaching young patients to advocate for themselves at every medical appointment and to ask informed questions before consenting to exams may help correct for an imbalance of power between patients and physicians.
In the aftermath of my son’s birth, I found myself caught between two clashing world views.
Until we learn to truly trust the people giving birth to know what’s best for themselves and their babies, we will continue to spend more healthcare dollars per person than any other country—while killing and traumatizing increasing numbers of parents with our ignorance.
People facing down medical sexism can’t overcome their career obstacles by “leaning in.”
After nine months of misogynistic language from doctors and nurses, it’s easy to forget that you’re the decision-maker about your own body.
Building awareness of the disparities black women face in pregnancy is a start—but providers also need to acknowledge our own biases.
We need to start calling obstetric violence what it is.
When profit-maximizing “pharma bros” hike up the price of drugs, they are disproportionately harming women.