Reproductive/Maternal Health

Health Matters, reproductive/maternal health

Reproductive / Maternal Health

WE REFUSE to be anxious about motherhood and menopause.


WASHINGTON, DC — (February 14, 2019) — Healthy Birth Day, Inc. and Black Women’s Health Imperative are proud to announce a partnership to address racial disparities that exist in stillbirth with the goal of saving the lives of African American babies during the third trimester of pregnancy. Approximately 6,900 African American babies are lost to

The Preventing Maternal Death Act Shows that Our Collective Voices Matter

The United States has an abysmal record when it comes to maternal mortality. More American women are dying of pregnancy-related complications in the US than in any other developed country. Only in the U.S. has the rate of women who die risen. For Black women and their babies, this is a crisis. When it comes to maternal mortality, black women die

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome – Who Knew?

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). Have you ever heard of it? Do you know what it is? Do you know if you have it? Why is this condition such a secret when between 5% and 10% of women of reproductive age (18–44) are affected, and as many as 5 million women in the U.S. may suffer from it?

Postpartum Depression While Black

“Give it to God,” a phrase that many of us in the Black community hear when things aren’t going the way we expect them to. And to me, this is what being Black while suffering from mental illness sounds like. Statistics show that up to 20 percent of women develop a perinatal mental health illness,


The Black Women’s Health Imperative would like to give a shout out to all the participants in the MSK Challenge! You’ve generated lots of buzz about the competition and we’ve received some exciting and engaging videos expressing the importance of Reproductive Justice (RJ) in our lives. Judging by the response, it’s clear that young women

House Plans to Pass Abortion Bill That Will Hurt Black Women’s Reproductive Health

WASHINGTON, DC (October 2, 2017) This week, the House of Representatives plans to vote on a bill that would prevent women from obtaining an abortion at or after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Under the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act,” medical providers who perform an abortion at or after 20 weeks of pregnancy could face a

I’ve Got What? Facing Your Uterine Fibroids

You’ve just been told that you have uterine fibroids. But what does that mean? What is going on? Fibroids are growths in your uterus (the babymaker). They range in size from as small as an apple seed to as large as a grapefruit. You might hear fibroids referred to as “tumors,” but don’t panic—-even though

I’ve Got What? The Truth About HPV Infections

It’s been a few days since your annual gynecologic exam. The phone rings. It’s your physician, letting you know that you have an HPV infection. Huh? Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the number-one sexually transmitted infection (STI) in the U.S. STIs can carry a stigma, but HPV is not something to be ashamed of. HPV is

I’ve Got What? Understanding Your Cervical Cancer Diagnosis

“You have cervical cancer.” A cervical cancer diagnosis can be terrifying, and it can take you by surprise. It’s perfectly normal (and understandable) to feel completely overwhelmed. You may have questions about everything, from how you got it to whether or not you will be able to have kids. Are you one of the 12,820

What Is PCOS? Understanding Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Polycysta-who? Okay, first things first. You can’t understand PCOS without understanding ovarian cysts. And you can’t do that without understanding the ovaries. The ovaries produce your eggs, so they play a big role in making little ones. Ovarian cysts are fluid-filled sacs that form in or on one of your ovaries. They’re very common—most women

I’ve Got What? Figuring Out Endometriosis

Your physician just told you that you have endometriosis. Say what? Endometriosis is one of those health issues that a lot of women have heard of—maybe you know someone who’s had it—but you don’t know exactly what it means. Here’s what’s going on: If you have endometriosis, the lining of your uterus (womb) is growing

Finding A Physician: Who Should Be Your Vajayjay Doctor? [Quiz]

It’s not everyone’s favorite activity, but it’s something that we all have to do: Go to the doctor to keep the vajayjay healthy. While there has been some debate in recent years, the recommendation still stands: Any woman over age 21 should see have a pelvic exam at least once a year, reports the American

Low Birth Weight Babies And Black Women: What’s The Connection?

Your baby’s weight at birth is one of the key signs that the baby is healthy. So, when the baby has a low birth weight, which means they weigh less than 5.5 pounds at birth, they could be at risk for several health issues. As newborns, they may have problems like difficulty breathing, heart problems,