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80. Combatting Racism in Birth and Breastfeeding with Kimberly Seals Allers

Episode Summary

Giving birth is the most vulnerable time in a woman and baby’s lives. Women want to feel safe and in control of their birthing experience, but too many women don’t, especially black and brown women. Kimberly Seals Allers has done something to change that. She’s the founder of Irth app, and what she’s doing for families is nothing short of incredible.
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Key Takeaways To Tune In For

  • [01:00] How Kimberly became interested on this topic
  • [03:00] How Kimberly’s birth experience was different than others
  • [07:10] Biases against black women in the medical field has become dangerous 
  • [09:00] All about the Irth app
  • [12:45] How Irth data is showing hospitals how to combat systemic racism 
  • [17:45] What are some racial barriers black and brown women face during pregnancy
  • [19:08] Has there been a shift in a positive way 
  • [20:20] All about Kimberly’s book on breastfeeding 
  • [24:08] What does the statement “breastfeeding for poor people” mean 
  • [29:15] Some communities have unconscious bias 
  • [30:00] Teaser on Kimberly’s new book
  • [31:15] Kimberly’s parting words

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