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We're asking distinguished reporters to highlight an issue or story that is either being missed entirely or underreported by the media.
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There is nothing inherent about black skin that increases risks during pregnancy — except over-exposure to the real culprit, racism, which can harm a mother’s body in real, measurable ways.
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“Have a plan, but expect to ditch it,” a news mentor drilled into my head 25 years ago. “If you’re well prepared but open to wherever the story leads you, the journalism gods will reward you.”
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"I had to come to accept that the hospital wasn’t looking at me as a whole person — just a combination of vital signs, lab work, symptoms, and medical and nursing orders," writes Joy Victory.
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One writer shares her story of how the health care system missed repeated warning signs of preeclampsia while giving birth to her daughter. She later found her medical record was rife with mistakes and omissions.
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A new data-rich almanac on maternity care in California highlights persistent racial disparities in prenatal care and maternal mortality rates.

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Tennessee was one of four states that recently passed important new laws taking aim at the country's high maternal death rate. Yet you’d be hard pressed to find out about the legislation from reading the news.

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Nine hold out states are preventing the United States as a whole from addressing its high rate of deaths related to pregnancy and childbirth. And they’ve been holding out for 10 years.

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Maternal mortality rates, healthy eating, statins for all, more nuance on HDL cholesterol and more from our Daily Briefing.

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Public health officials are increasingly concerned about the rising numbers of women entering pregnancy overweight or obese. Get context and ideas for covering this story in your community. 

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