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March Monday

When Pregnancy is a Death Sentence: Race and Reproductive Healthcare


Studies in 2000 showed black women are two to six times more likely to die from complications of pregnancy than white women. Twenty years later, nothing has changed.

Join author of Reproductive Injustice: Racism, Pregnancy, and Premature Birth Dana Davis as she moderates a panel with Chanel Porchia-Albert of Ancient Song Doula Services, historian Deirdre Cooper Owens, and Assistant Commissioner of NYC’s Health Department Bureau of Maternal, Infant and Reproductive Health Deborah Kaplan about racial inequality in maternal healthcare.

Presented in connection with the exhibition Taking Care of Brooklyn: Stories of Sickness and Health


Monday, March 09, 2020

6:30 pm


  • General Admission $10
  • Member Admission $5

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    Deborah Kaplan

    Deborah Kaplan has served as Assistant Commissioner of the Bureau of Maternal, Infant and Reproductive Health at the New York City Health Department since 2003. The Bureau is dedicated to improving and reducing inequities in maternal, infant and reproductive health outcomes through program, policy and research initiatives.

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    Deirdre Cooper Owens

    Deirdre Cooper Owens is the Linda and Charles Wilson Professor in the History of Medicine and Director of the Humanities in Medicine program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her first book, Medical Bondage: Race, Gender and the Origins of American Gynecology won the 2018 Darlene Clark Hine Book Award from the Organization of American Historians as the best book written in African American women’s and gender history.

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    Chanel Porchia-Albert

    Chanel Porchia-Albert, CD, CPD, CLC, CHHC is the Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Ancient Song Doula Services, a reproductive health organization focused on providing resources and full-spectrum doula services to women of color and marginalized communities.

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    Dana Davis

    Dana Davis is the professor of Urban Studies and Anthropology at Queens College. She is the director of the Center for the Study of Women and Society at the Graduate Center.  In the last decade, Davis has focused her attention on the subjects of reproduction, race, and the technologies that assist in reproduction. She has written several highly-regarded articles including, “The Politics of Reproduction: The Troubling Case of Nadya Suleman,” “Obstetric Racism: The Racial Politics of Pregnancy, Labor, and Birthing” and “The Bone Collectors”.