Infant Mortality & Social Justice

The presentation on Infant mortality and social justice was full of meaningful information on topics that many of us did not know about. Throughout this one hour presentation, the audience lived an amazing experience while learning about Infant mortality, and other related topics. The presentation started off with a video on Kim Anderson, a successful Atlanta lawyer. Through pregnancy, woman must act correctly if they want to have healthy children. Exercising, eating well, and having good prenatal care, all of these were qualities that Kim had throughout her pregnancy.

Her kid was expected to be healthy, wise children, coming from a smart and wealthy mother that followed the correct steps trough pregnancy. Unfortunately, Kim’s baby was born 3 months premature, it is very weird for this to happen since Kim followed all the pregnancy steps correctly. Research has proved that race plays a big role in pregnancy. According to the presentation, studies show that nearly 20% of babies born to African American woman are likely to be born prematurely. The infant mortality rate is more than twice as high on a black woman, over a white woman.

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Also, African American woman are most likely to have a primary C-Section. Throughout the infant mortality & social justice presentation we also learned about midwives. Midwives are like doulas, they go through the pregnancy with the pregnant woman. They take care of the pregnant woman, and protect the health of the baby as well as the mother, before and after birth. Midwives save lives and many women who have had a midwife, say that it is a beautiful way to go through pregnancy. Midwifery is accessible to anyone.

Jamarah Amani talked to the audience about many important facts on pregnancy. She spoke about obstetric violence; a form of violence that affects a mother through pregnancy. If someone tells a mother that her body is not going through make it to pregnancy, or that their bodies are not good for pregnancy, this is considered a form of violence. Performing Cesarean birth can also be a form of Obstetric violence. The speaker also talked about the House bill 367, and how if passed, it will ban shackling from pregnant woman in jail.

I find this very important because I think that pregnancy is the most meaningful moment in a woman’s life, and having a baby while in jail can be very traumatizing and damaging for the mother. Therefore everyone should have the right to have birth in a hospital, under the best care possible. The benefits of breastfeeding and bonding were also presented throughout the presentation. These are: Less ear infections, illnesses, speeds up weight loss for the mother, lowers rates of breast cancer, obesity, and decreases chances of death before the age of one, amongst others.

However, 3% of babies are not eligible to be breastfed, due to allergies, when this is the case, “formula” is given to them. Formula is a lab made, liquid, similar to what they would consume if they were breastfed. The presentation was very informative; I personally learned many new interesting facts about infant mortality and social injustice. The information was clear, and listening to the testimonies and questions by the audience made the learning process much better.