News Release: As NCHS Reports New Maternal Mortality Data, Houston Maternal Health Group Says High Incidence Locally Demands More Attention, Improved Reporting

As the National Center for Health Statistics’ (NCHS) today released new maternal mortality data showing Texas’ maternal mortality rate was 18.5 per 100,000 live births in 2018 — higher than the U.S. statistic of 17.4 per 100,000 live births — experts from the Improving Maternal Health Houston (IMH) initiative emphasized that the incidence of maternal mortality and morbidity in Harris County remains too high and demands greater attention. read more…

Project Row Houses and Own Every Piece-Community and Conversation

Own Every Piece and Project Row House hosted Community and Conversation, an informative and empowering conversation about contraceptive care. The event was in conjunction with Project Row House’s Round 50: Race, Health and Motherhood, curated by PRH’s Ryan N. Dennis, Round 50 addresses maternal mortality and its impact on women of color read more …

The extraordinary danger of being pregnant and uninsured in Texas

From 2012 through 2015, at least 382 pregnant women and new mothers died in Texas from causes related to pregnancy and childbirth, according to the most recent data available from the Department of State Health Services; since then, hundreds more have likely perished. While their cases reflect the problems that contribute to maternal mortality across the United States — gross medical errors, deeply entrenched racism, structural deficiencies in how care is delivered — another Texas-size factor often plays a significant role: the state’s vast, and growing, problem with health insurance access. read more …

The extraordinary danger of being pregnant and uninsured in Texas

Over three years, nearly 400 pregnant or new mothers died in Texas. Its system for helping the uninsured thwarts women at every turn, frustrates doctors and midwives, and incentivizes substandard care. Rosa Diaz was no stranger to hunger and stress and a throbbing pain in the gut that was usually nothing serious read more …

Round 50: Race, Health and Motherhood

Round 50 explored maternal mortality, with a focus on the health disparity that impacts women of color, specifically, Black women in the Third Ward community. Project Row Houses (PRH) unveiled its latest Artist Round, Round 50: Race, Health and Motherhood, on Saturday, October 12, 2019. read more…