Media Briefings

Pregnancy-related death in the United States

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Wednesday, December 7 at 2 p.m. ET

Death rates during or soon after pregnancy have long been higher in the United States than in other high-income countries and have been rising further in recent years, with certain groups at much higher risk. SciLine’s next media briefing will cover demographic trends in pregnancy-related death; challenges in tracking these mortality rates; disparities and risk factors at play; and prevention strategies being implemented at the state and community levels. Three scientific experts will brief reporters and then take questions on the record. 

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Dr. Ndidiamaka Amutah-Onukagha

Tufts University

Dr. Ndidiamaka Amutah-Onukagha is the Julia A. Okoro Professor of Black Maternal Health in the Department of Public Health and Community Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine. She is the founder and director of the Center of Black Maternal Health and Reproductive Justice and of the Maternal Outcomes of Translational Health Equity Research Lab. Dr. Amutah-Onukagha’s research investigates maternal health disparities, infant mortality, reproductive health and social justice, and HIV/AIDS as experienced by Black women. She also serves as the assistant dean of diversity, equity, and inclusion for the university’s public health and professional degree programs. Currently, Dr. Amutah-Onukagha is the principal investigator of two multi-year studies on maternal mortality and morbidity.

Dr. Rose Molina

Harvard University

Dr. Rose Molina is an obstetrician-gynecologist and scholar-activist with a passion for applying language and immigration status as critical lenses for understanding and eliminating inequities in maternal health. She is an assistant professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive biology at Harvard Medical School. She is a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist at The Dimock Center, where she cares for a large community of Spanish-speaking immigrants, and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Dr. Molina works at Ariadne Labs (a joint center for health system innovation between Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health) to design, test, and spread solutions to enhance the quality and equity of pregnancy care in the U.S. and around the world. She is a member of Physicians for Human Rights and performs asylum evaluations for survivors of sexual and gender-based violence.

Dr. Maeve Wallace

Tulane University

Dr. Maeve Wallace is an assistant professor in the Department of Social, Behavioral, and Population Sciences and the associate director of the Mary Amelia Center for Women’s Health Equity Research at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Her primary research interests focus on social, structural, and policy conditions that shape trends in maternal health and that underlie vast and persistent maternal health inequities in the U.S. Dr. Wallace works in close collaboration with governmental and community-based partners to disseminate relevant epidemiologic research for the purposes of establishing evidence-based policy and programmatic interventions to prevent maternal mortality and to promote maternal health and well-being for all persons.