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Severe maternal health problems on the rise, according to state report

The rate of patients experiencing severe health problems due to pregnancy and birth is rising in Pennsylvania, according to a report from the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council, an independent state agency that studies the cost of healthcare.

By Gabriela Martínez/WITF

Pa. set to study pregnancy and birth complications, with goal of healthier outcomes

Pennsylvania ranks 26th among states for maternal mortality rates.

By Gabriela Martínez/WITF

Pennsylvania doulas can now get funding to apply for a state certificate

The Pennsylvania Doula Commission, founded in 2021, wants to prepare doulas to eventually join the state Medicaid system. It is offering a scholarship to pay the $50 application fee for perinatal doula certifications.

By Gabriela Martínez/WITF

‘They risk it.’ Expecting mothers in rural Pa. have trouble finding care in growing maternity health deserts

Juniata is one of the six Pennsylvania counties classified as a “maternity health desert,” according to a March of Dimes report that came out last year. Those are areas that have no hospitals or birth centers offering obstetric care, or any certified OBGYN providers.

By Gabriela Martínez/WITF

Quality maternal health care for all women is a growing concern, doulas help to make a positive difference

Rae Johnson-Bundy, CEO of DoulaRightThing and certified doula, Madhumitha Rajakittu – Pudupatti, certified doula and CEO of Guiding Hand Doula, and Dr. Sharee Livingston, Obstetrics and GynecologyChair at UPMC Lititz and co-founder of Diversifying Doulas Initiative, joins us to talk about maternal health care and how doulas are a vital part in making it better.

By Aniya Faulcon

Maternal mortality rates for black women in Pittsburgh higher than in most other U.S. cities

Junia Howell, urban sociologist at the University of Pittsburgh, said these statistics signal that black residents can leave Pittsburgh for virtually any other U.S. city and immediately have better health outcomes.

By Kathleen Davis/WESA