Our blog posts over the past couple of weeks have examined a disturbing statistic: Black women are dying of pregnancy related causes at 3x the rate of other races. Our blog has discussed issues black women could face with fertility, prenatal care, labor and delivery, and postpartum care. One issue that stood out at each stage we examined was that accessibility or awareness of resources was lacking.
This is a great opportunity to share some of the great resources that the National Institute of Health has available:
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development – NICHD’s mission is to ensure that every person is born healthy and wanted, that women suffer no harmful effects from reproductive processes, and that all children have the chance to achieve their full potential for healthy and productive lives. The institute also aims to ensure the health, productivity, independence, and well-being of people through optimal rehabilitation.
PregSource – a research project that aims to learn about the pregnancy experience. Getting information directly from pregnant women about what they feel, think, do, and experience during pregnancy and after giving birth.
MedlinePlus – information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand. MedlinePlus offers reliable, up-to-date health information, anytime, anywhere, for free.
Your Healthiest Self: Wellness Toolkits – features science-based health tips in five different areas: Your Surroundings; Your Feelings; Your Body; Your Relationships; and Your Disease Defense. Each area has checklists of tips you can print for yourself or share with others.
National Child and Mental Health Education Program – The Program’s objectives are to identify key challenges in child and maternal health, review relevant research and initiate educational activities that advance the knowledge base of the field, and improve the health of women and children.