The Issue

COVID-19 exacerbated existing concerns about the quality of care during pregnancy and postpartum for Black and Brown birthing people in Texas. Historical racism is a key factor in health inequities. Understanding the history of Black and Brown maternal care is critical context for understanding the lived experiences of pregnant people during COVID-19.

The Findings

The lived experience survey was designed, conducted, and analyzed by Black and Brown mothers in Central Texas.

  • Overt racism is still prevalent. Black, Indigenous and people of color experience micro-aggressions throughout their birthing experience. This can lead to a change of behavior such as switching doctors.
  • Additionally, this racism leads to isolation and lack of support within the healthcare experience. BIPOC respondents reported being ignored, having to repeat themselves, etc.
  • Moms report increased anxiety and isolation due to COVID-19, and these feelings are coupled with the racism, micro-aggressions, and lack of control over healthcare which intensifies these feelings for BIPOC moms.
  • Responding BIPOC mothers say their pain is glossed over. Historically healthcare professionals erroneously attributed Black mothers with a higher tolerance for pain and led many providers to deny or offer less pain medication for black women. This survey signifies that BIPOC mothers still face this discrimination today.

Assessing the unique needs of Black and Brown pregnant people during the pandemic

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Assessing the unique needs of Black and Brown pregnant people during the pandemic

Assessing the unique needs of Black and Brown pregnant people during the pandemic

This report was developed by MEASURE and the Maternal Health Equity Collaborative. The findings have been used by the Foundation to inform the Healthy Women and Girls priority area. The report shares stories and lived experience data from Central Texas pregnant people during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Issue

COVID-19 exacerbated existing concerns about the quality of care during pregnancy and postpartum for Black and Brown birthing people in Texas. Historical racism is a key factor in health inequities. Understanding the history of Black and Brown maternal care is critical context for understanding the lived experiences of pregnant people during COVID-19.

The Findings

The lived experience survey was designed, conducted, and analyzed by Black and Brown mothers in Central Texas.

  • Overt racism is still prevalent. Black, Indigenous and people of color experience micro-aggressions throughout their birthing experience. This can lead to a change of behavior such as switching doctors.
  • Additionally, this racism leads to isolation and lack of support within the healthcare experience. BIPOC respondents reported being ignored, having to repeat themselves, etc.
  • Moms report increased anxiety and isolation due to COVID-19, and these feelings are coupled with the racism, micro-aggressions, and lack of control over healthcare which intensifies these feelings for BIPOC moms.
  • Responding BIPOC mothers say their pain is glossed over. Historically healthcare professionals erroneously attributed Black mothers with a higher tolerance for pain and led many providers to deny or offer less pain medication for black women. This survey signifies that BIPOC mothers still face this discrimination today.

TAKEAWAY

Pregnant people of color reported increased anxiety and isolation as a result of COVID-19, compounding experiences of racism and micro-aggressions.

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Meme Styles, MPA
Meme Styles, MPA
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MEASURE

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Lourdes J Rodríguez, DrPH
Senior Program Officer


Assessing the unique needs of Black and Brown pregnant people during the pandemic

This report was developed by MEASURE and the Maternal Health Equity Collaborative. The findings have been used by the Foundation to inform the Healthy Women and Girls priority area. The report shares stories and lived experience data from Central Texas pregnant people during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Issue

COVID-19 exacerbated existing concerns about the quality of care during pregnancy and postpartum for Black and Brown birthing people in Texas. Historical racism is a key factor in health inequities. Understanding the history of Black and Brown maternal care is critical context for understanding the lived experiences of pregnant people during COVID-19.

The Findings

The lived experience survey was designed, conducted, and analyzed by Black and Brown mothers in Central Texas.

  • Overt racism is still prevalent. Black, Indigenous and people of color experience micro-aggressions throughout their birthing experience. This can lead to a change of behavior such as switching doctors.
  • Additionally, this racism leads to isolation and lack of support within the healthcare experience. BIPOC respondents reported being ignored, having to repeat themselves, etc.
  • Moms report increased anxiety and isolation due to COVID-19, and these feelings are coupled with the racism, micro-aggressions, and lack of control over healthcare which intensifies these feelings for BIPOC moms.
  • Responding BIPOC mothers say their pain is glossed over. Historically healthcare professionals erroneously attributed Black mothers with a higher tolerance for pain and led many providers to deny or offer less pain medication for black women. This survey signifies that BIPOC mothers still face this discrimination today.
SHARE THESE FINDINGS
Meme Styles, MPA
Meme Styles, MPA
President
MEASURE
Meme Styles, MPA
Meme Styles, MPA
President
MEASURE

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Lourdes J Rodríguez, DrPH
Senior Program Officer
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Lourdes J Rodríguez, DrPH
Senior Program Officer

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