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The most decorated U.S. track and field Olympian in history is using her star power to highlight the glaring disparities facing Black mothers.
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Shawn Thierry can’t recall the moment she gave birth, but she does remember how she almost died.
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A reporter's quest to find those working to end the maternal mortality crisis takes her to California. Here's what she learned along the way.
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"My reporting will explore what medical professionals think of California’s strategies to reduce maternal mortality rates, and whether similar strategies could work nationwide," writes CNN Health's Jacqueline Howard.
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How can you find out if hospitals or health centers near you are doing enough to ensure good maternal health? Start by pretending you are a first-time mother in crisis.
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After California's success in lowering its maternal death rate, don't we already know why mothers are dying and how to tackle the problem? Are more committees and recommendations really needed?
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Reporter Priska Neely talks to her sister Nicole to talk about the two babies she lost nearly 20 years ago, after going into premature labor both times.
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When Jessica Porten sought help for postpartum depression, she wasn't expecting the nurse to call the police to escort her to the ER. She now believes moms need far better help for their mental health needs.
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This article was produced as a project for the University of Southern California Center for Health Journalism's 2016 National Fellowship.
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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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