Events Calendar

Author Talk: Racism, Pregnancy and Premature Birth

Join the One Book, One Community program at Pitt Public Health for a talk with Dána-Ain Davis, PhD, the author of this year's book selection: Reproductive Injustice: Racism, Pregnancy, and Premature Birth. This event will be moderated by Dara Mendez, PhD, MPH, Interim Director of the Center for Health Equity at Pitt Public Health and Assistant Professor of Epidemiology. 

Dr. Davis' book addresses the role that medical racism plays in the lives of black women who have given birth to premature and low birth weight infants and to discuss the opportunities for action in the region. Dr. Davis addresses this phenomenon, placing racial differences in birth outcomes into a historical context, revealing that ideas about reproduction and race today have been influenced by the legacy of ideas which developed during the era of slavery. Drawing on interviews with nearly fifty mothers, fathers, neonatologists, nurses, midwives, and reproductive justice advocates, Dr. Davis argues that events leading up to an infant's arrival in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), and the parents' experiences while they are in the NICU, reveal subtle but pernicious forms of racism that confound the perceived class dynamics that are frequently understood to be a central factor of premature birth. 

**This is a PUBHLT 2022: The Dean's Public Health Grand Rounds approved event.** 

Dial-In Information

Register for Zoom information at publichealth.pitt.edu/oboc.

Friday, February 26 at 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Virtual Event

Author Talk: Racism, Pregnancy and Premature Birth

Join the One Book, One Community program at Pitt Public Health for a talk with Dána-Ain Davis, PhD, the author of this year's book selection: Reproductive Injustice: Racism, Pregnancy, and Premature Birth. This event will be moderated by Dara Mendez, PhD, MPH, Interim Director of the Center for Health Equity at Pitt Public Health and Assistant Professor of Epidemiology. 

Dr. Davis' book addresses the role that medical racism plays in the lives of black women who have given birth to premature and low birth weight infants and to discuss the opportunities for action in the region. Dr. Davis addresses this phenomenon, placing racial differences in birth outcomes into a historical context, revealing that ideas about reproduction and race today have been influenced by the legacy of ideas which developed during the era of slavery. Drawing on interviews with nearly fifty mothers, fathers, neonatologists, nurses, midwives, and reproductive justice advocates, Dr. Davis argues that events leading up to an infant's arrival in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), and the parents' experiences while they are in the NICU, reveal subtle but pernicious forms of racism that confound the perceived class dynamics that are frequently understood to be a central factor of premature birth. 

**This is a PUBHLT 2022: The Dean's Public Health Grand Rounds approved event.** 

Dial-In Information

Register for Zoom information at publichealth.pitt.edu/oboc.

Friday, February 26 at 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Virtual Event