Current Events in Maternal Health Care: July 2020

Once per month we discuss current events in maternal health care. In this installment, we are discussing work that is taking place right now on the subjects of reproductive justice and maternal infections. Take a closer look at these topics in the blog posts below: 


A recent blog from the Maternal Health Task Force looked at the need for implementing reproductive, justice-informed practices in long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) programs. LARCs, such as injectables and intrauterine devices (IUDs), are the first-line choice for health practitioners and researchers for pregnancy prevention in adolescents — particularly in school districts with school-based health centers (SBHCs). However, the majority of SBHCs are located in underserved neighborhoods and have the potential to compound existing health inequities. History of inhumane, nonconsensual testing of sexual and reproductive health-related interventions in Black and Brown communities include contraception experimentation, sterilization procedures, and denial of treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STI) in the Tuskeegee Syphilis study. Given this extensive history, LARC programs in SBHCs have a responsibility to employ a reproductive justice lens and present a diversity of contraceptive options. Read the blog here.


Check out this blog post for an interview with Dr. Vanessa Brizuela to learn more about her recent research project related to global maternal infections. Sepsis is the leading cause of infection in birthing people during and after pregnancy. In collaboration with the Maternal and Newborn Sepsis Initiative and Jhpiego and partners, Dr. Brizuela embarked on the Global Maternal Sepsis Study (GLOSS). The study was implemented in over 50 low-, middle-, and high-income countries around the world to obtain data on the management of maternal infections and sepsis. Read more about the early evaluation of the GLOSS campaign here


Previous posts about current events in maternal health care:

May 2020 June 2020



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