Jun 26, 2019
Are you aware of the racial disparity that exists in the US
healthcare system? And did you know that some people are actually
dying unnecessarily as a result? Today, Sara talks to Dr. Monique
Rainford, an OB/GYN from Jamaica, who recently did a phenomenal
TEDx talk, called America’s Maternal Nightmare, about black
maternal health in America. In her talk, Dr. Rainford peeled back
the layers and very clearly revealed the disparities that exist
within the US healthcare system, particularly when it comes to
black maternal health.
According to statistics, the health of African American women is
worse than that of white American women. Dr. Rainford is an
advocate for health equality and well-being for black American
Tune in to this episode of Dear White Women to find out about
the effects of racism on women's health, and to learn why the
disparity exists here in America, what can be done to overcome
implicit bias, and what healthcare providers can do to enhance the
kind of care that they are providing.
- Some really shocking statistics that the average American might
not be aware of - these really blew Dr. Rainford's mind!
- How Dr. Rainford was able to gain a good understanding of why
the disparity exists here in America.
- Even the world-famous tennis player, Serena Williams, had a lot
of difficulties when she was having her baby.
- We need to uncover our implicit biases because we all have
- People have implicit, or unconscious bias, so well-intentioned
healthcare providers may give substandard care to someone because
of their race, without even realizing that they are biased.
- Having a good relationship with your doctor can really have a
positive impact on a patient's standard of care.
- Everybody delivering healthcare should be aware of and
understand implicit bias, and they should deliver excellent health
care to everyone, in spite of their biases.
- So many African American women, who have done everything that
they could have possibly done to advocate for themselves, have
ended up dying because they were ignored by their healthcare
- African American women in America are three to four times more
likely to have maternal deaths than white women, and 60% of these
deaths are preventable.
- Dr. Rainford discusses what individuals can do to improve their
health outcomes and prevent unnecessary deaths.
- The knowledge-based emergency tool kits that were introduced
and implemented in California led to a 55% reduction in the
maternal mortality rate.
- There is hope, but it takes each one of us speaking up and
participating in order to drive improvements.
Links and Resources:
For the Harvard University implicit associations tests, go to
Dr. Rainford’s TEDx Talk - America’s Maternal
Dr. Monique Rainford's book, Please God Send Me A Husband, is
available on her website, or from Amazon.
Contact Dr. Monique Rainford’s Website: www.moniquerainford.com
Contact Dr. Monique Rainford about speaking or coaching email: