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Happier Birth Days: Improving Birth and Health Outcomes For Indiana's Black Moms and Babies

On Dec. 11, 2018, and Jan. 8, 2019, Side Effects Public Media, the Indianapolis Recorder and the Indiana Minority Health Coalition hosted conversations on how maternal and infant mortality disproportionately impacts communities of color in Indiana.

The panel discussion, moderated by Indianapolis Recorder Editor Oseye Boyd, was split into two parts. The first focused on pregnancy and issues related to delivery, and the second focused on postpartum and infant health.

Part I panelists included Dr. Kristina Box, state health commissioner for the Indiana Department of Health; Bianca Wilson-Gillespie, a mother, advocate and doula in training; Dr. Indy Lane, an obstetrician-gynecologist with Community Health Network; and Ashley Rainey, a nurse and clinical educator in labor and delivery.

Part II panelists included Dr. Virginia Caine, director of the Marion County Health Department; Kelli Brien, program director of Speak Life; Ryan Karim, WIC breastfeeding coordinator; and Dr. Brownsyne Tucker Edmonds of the Indiana University School of Medicine.
Watch the hour-long TV special aired March 28 on WFYI 1 Public Television and tune in for another broadcast on WNIN on Thursday, June 13 at 7 p.m.