Menninger Moms: Virtual Support for All Texas Women

Many of the burdens exacerbated by the pandemic fall heavily on the weight of women’s shoulders. The gender pay gap, household responsibilities, and child-rearing are issues and responsibilities that women have been juggling for a long time but are now more compounded than ever. The Menninger Clinic team, spearheaded by psychiatrist Elisabeth Netherton and psychologist Jessica Rohr, has created a virtual program focused on maternal mental health called Menninger Moms. Hoping to lend support to mothers in any stage of their lives, the program is accessible to mothers all over Texas. read more…

Mother, Nurse, and Community Activist: Sandy Grantello

Having been born and lived in poverty while raised by a single woman as well as being a single woman herself, Sandy Grantello has experienced firsthand the challenges that women face with regards to being a mom and raising their families. She can identify directly with the struggles and challenges faced by pregnant women, making her more aware of the support pregnant women and moms need in the community.

Violence Against Pregnant Women and New Mothers Is Not Getting the Attention It Deserves

We’ve heard a lot over the past couple of years about the unacceptably high rate of women who die during pregnancy or experience life-threatening complications that can have life-long impact on their health and well-being. To our great benefit, state and local leaders are taking steps to improve the quality of medical care pregnant women receive. While we applaud the efforts of our community and state allies, improving medical care is only part of the answer to reducing maternal deaths. Homicide is among the top four causes of maternal death, and we must do more to curb violence endured by expectant and new mothers. read more…

Shaped By My Mother: Madeline Ngo

A difficult part of storytelling is always where and how to identify the beginning. For me, a 21 year old trying to navigate her way through undergrad at Rice University during these uncertain times, my story starts with my mother. read more…

Mothers First: Medicaid For Low-Income Women

“I was 12 to 13 weeks pregnant trying to find a doctor, so I just took the first one that said, ‘Well come on in, and maybe we’ll see what we can do.’” As a state, Texas has one of the most restrictive health coverage programs for low-income individuals, including low-income women. Texas has chosen not to provide coverage for all low-income individuals, as offered through the Affordable Care Act. read more…

The Next Generation of Physicians: Chloe Denham

Addressing maternal mortality and morbidity issues in Harris County is a marathon, not a sprint, and every leg counts. Today, we check in with a current medical student at UT McGovern Medical School, passionate about being part of the next generation of physicians advocating for women’s health. read more…

L.I.F.E. Houston: Feeding Hungry Babies

Originally founded as a ministry of the Church of St. John the Divine to provide emergency formula for babies in need, the organization was granted nonprofit status in 1990. Since then, L.I.F.E. Houston has been filling bottles and feeding babies in the Greater Houston area. L.I.F.E. Houston is the only agency that provides emergency food for babies. Good nutrition during a baby’s first year gives baby a strong start for a strong future. read more…

Maternal Quality Matters: Kendra Folh

At the age of 17, during a trip to Nova Scotia where she learned her great-grandmother was a midwife for the women living on the island, Kendra Folh made the decision to go to nursing school and work in the maternal health field. She has worked with moms-to-be and new moms in a traditional hospital setting as well as at a birth center. read more…

HCCTV Up To The Minute: Sept. 14, 2020

On this morning’s Up To The Minute, Yvonne Harris of Improving Maternal Health Houston discusses the disparity in maternal health care for minorities, with Harris County often leading the nation in implicit bias, while Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton, a mother and a poet, shares how she witnessed it first-hand. read more…

Maternal Mental Health Must Be Addressed

Our society loves to love mothers. But only certain narratives of mothers. We place a lot of pressure on moms, even new ones, to be perfect and happy. In reality, motherhood is messy, and supporting mothers needs to include the good and the bad. As many as one in five new mothers experiences some type of perinatal mood and anxiety disorder (PMADs), which are frequently left untreated and can lead to really detrimental outcomes for mom and baby. read more…