Episode #125: Improving Birth Outcomes for Black Moms and Babies with Alexandra Samuel-Sturgess

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On today’s episode, Steph interviews Alexandra Samuel-Sturgess about improving birth outcomes for Black moms and babies. In the United States today, Black women are four times more likely to die from childbirth than white mothers, and Black mothers experience twice the rate of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. As clinically trained social worker, Alex works to improve the Black maternal health crisis by empowering Black women through education and advocacy on pregnancy and postpartum health. She provides holistic pregnancy and postpartum support for Black mothers, ensuring that Black mothers understand their birthing options and feel empowered to make healthy lifestyle choices.


Topics Discussed:

  • Alexandra’s personal and professional connection to the topic
  • Black maternal health crisis: What is it?
  • What studies show are the reasons for Black birth disparities
  • How to choose and work with providers
  • What to do if you experience discrimination
  • The need for more Black-centered care
  • Resources to help empower Black mothers

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