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America the Outlier

America the Outlier

Update: 2022-11-152


The maternal mortality rate in the United States is more than double that of our peers – and it’s especially high among Black birthing people. In the first episode of Uncared For, we’ll hear from health equity researchers, birth providers – like the postpartum doula who was there for SuChin – and Black mothers who have been dismissed and misdiagnosed in our broken system of care. How did our system end up like this? And what does this crisis tell us about how our healthcare system stacks up globally?

Learn more about Brandi Jordan’s doula work on The Cradle Company’s website:

Listen to Brandi’s podcast, Dear Doula, here:

Looking for a birth or postpartum doula? Check out these resources:

Want to read more about Dr. Rachel Hardeman’s research? Check out the Center for Antiracism Research for Health Equity:

Read about the Louisiana Perinatal Quality Collaborative that Dr. Veronica Gillispie-Bell leads: 

Learn more about Dr. Whitney Polk here:

Uncared For is presented by the Commonwealth Fund, a nonprofit foundation making grants to promote an equitable, high-performing health care system. Learn more at

SuChin Pak is our host. Muna Danish is our supervising producer. Giulia Hjort is our producer and Rachel Lightner is our producer and audio engineer. Isaura Aceves is our associate producer. Mix help from Kristin Mueller. Music is by Andrea Kristinsdottir. Jackie Danziger is our VP of Narrative Content. Our story consultant is Kaya Henderson. Fact-checking by Naomi Barr. Executive producers are Jessica Cordova Kramer and Stephanie Wittels Wachs. 

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America the Outlier

America the Outlier

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