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Black women birthing: Interview with nurse researcher Dr. Monica McLemore

When it comes to giving birth, the complications for women of color are unusually high. And why is that?

MONICA MCLEMORE: That statistic is true. Black women are four times more likely to die in childbirth when compared to white women.

KALW's Leila Day gets some answers from Dr. Monica McLemore, a nurse scientist and one of the coordinators of the Black Women Birthing Justice.

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For more information on Black Women Birthing Justice click here. 

For more information on Birth Justice Project click here.


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Leila Day is a Senior Producer at Pineapple Street Media and is the Executive Producer and co-host of The Stoop Podcast, stories about the black diaspora. Her work has been featured on NPR, 99% Invisible, the BBC as well as other outlets. Before The Stoop, she was an editor at Al Jazeera's podcast network and worked on creating and editing award winning narrative driven journalism. She began her career in journalism at KALW where she worked as a health care and criminal justice reporter. During that time she contributed as an editor, taught audio storytelling to inmates at San Quentin, and helped develop curriculum for training upcoming reporters.