maternal-health

Pennsylvania looks to expand access to doula services in 2024

BY: - December 8, 2023

Doulas, who are non-medical, trained professionals provide emotional, informational, and physical support before, during, and after pregnancy and childbirth, such as help with breastfeeding, breathing techniques during labor, and planning the birthing process. Doulas have been praised by medical professionals and lawmakers who say their services help improve maternal health outcomes in Pennsylvania. 

Millions of people are expected to lose their Medicaid eligibility in the coming months as states return the programs to pre-COVID status. The loss of that revenue is expected to hurt struggling rural hospitals. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Pa. health care providers tell lawmakers the state’s rural hospitals are in crisis

BY: - August 4, 2023

A study conducted by the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) found that rural hospitals have struggled to fill 39% of vacant registered nurse positions. By comparison, HAP found the average vacancy rates for direct care RNs to be more than 30% statewide.

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Legislators welcome funds for maternal health included in House-approved budget bill

BY: - July 13, 2023

The current iteration of Democratic Gov. Josh Shapiro’s first state budget includes a first-of-its-kind $2.3 million investment in expanding maternal health programming and implementation of prevention strategies to reduce maternal mortality in Pennsylvania.

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Doula nonprofit offers financial assistance for state certification

BY: - May 11, 2023

As state lawmakers in Harrisburg work to combat Pennsylvania’s maternal mortality crisis, an advocacy organization is helping doulas with the cost to obtain a state certification, a move they hope will bring more people into the field and improve maternal health outcomes across the commonwealth.

Ban on shackling pregnant women, solitary confinement in prison advances in Pa. House

BY: - April 18, 2023

'I'm not saying open the door and let everyone out. All I'm saying is give these women some dignity,' women's safe house director Tonie Willis said

The state of abortion, infant, and maternal care in Pa. | The Numbers Racket

BY: - May 30, 2022

Using the most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Kaiser Family Foundation, the Capital-Star compiled statistics on abortion, and maternal and infant care in Pennsylvania. 

Health care providers, state officials tout new initiatives to combat rise in maternal mortality

BY: - March 1, 2022

In Pennsylvania, pregnancy-related deaths grew by more than 21 percent in the five years between 2013 and 2018, officials said.

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Pregnancy during COVID-19 lockdown: How the pandemic has affected new mothers | Analysis

BY: - May 20, 2021

For the millions of women who celebrated their first Mother’s Day in May 2021, their transition into motherhood occurred in the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Breastfeeding isn’t just healthy for mother and child; it’s good for the environment | Opinion

BY: - August 2, 2020

Breastmilk lowers your carbon footprint because it is natural, renewable food that is environmentally safe. It is produced without pollution or waste.

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COVID-19 in Pa.: During This pandemic, we must address Pa.’s Black maternal health crisis | Opinion

BY: - April 14, 2020

The dire state of Black maternal health in our state and across the country isn’t new. The causes of these disparities run deep in our healthcare system.