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Young, Alison, Hospitals Know How to Protect Mothers, But Just Aren't Doing it, USA Today, 7/26/2018.

  • Every year, thousands of women suffer life-altering injuries or die during childbirth because hospitals and medical workers skip safety practices known to head off disaster, a USA TODAY investigation has found.

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists' Presidential Task Force on Redefining the Postpartum Visit, Committee Opinion: Optimizing Postpartum Care, May 2018.

  • ACOG, the leading professional organization for obstetricians and gynecologists, made a new set of recommendations and conclusions to reinforce the importance of the “fourth trimester” and to propose a new paradigm for postpartum care.




Callaghan, Helen, Traditional Aboriginal Birthing Practices in Australia: Past and Present, Birth Issues, Vol 10 No 3/4, 2001.

  • This review article summarizes common traditional birthing practices among aborigines.  Mentioned perception of low infant and maternal mortality historically, giving credit to minimal interferences during the birthing process and the supportive role of older women in the tribe.  Has comprehensive reference bibliography.

Chang, Momo, Motherhood Rooted, Hyphen Magazine, May 13, 2011.

Gigante-Brown, Catherine, Postpartum Practices Worldwide: How The World Takes Care Of Moms and Babies, Ravishly, August 18,2015. 


Levin, Dan, A Tradition for New Mothers in China, Now $27,000 A Month, The New York Times, October 1, 2015. 

  • This article details a Chinese form of postpartum healthcare, which requires the new mothers to be at bedrest for an entire month while undergoing various forms of traditional Chinese therapy.

Lozada, Roldan, Motherhood Rooted (video), CAAM & Hyphen, 2011. (Companion video to Momo Chang's article.)


    Martin, Nina and Montagne, Renee, Many Nurses Lack Knowledge of Health Risks to Mothers After Childbirth, NPR, August 17, 2017. 

    • Attention and appropriate care after childbirth is still in dire need and largely underestimated, as demonstrated by this story. Many nurses are not trained to sufficiently inform new mothers on health risk factors to watch out for. As demonstrated in a study cited by this article, the impact of health education is tremendous and ended up saving many mothers’ lives as a result.

    Sharline,  It Takes Guts, and Organ Meats, to Raise a New Mom, CAAM, May 8, 2015.

    Tuhus-Dubrow, Rebecca, Why Won't this New Mom Wash Her Hair, Slate, April 11, 2011.

    Turlinton Burns, Christy, Maternal Mortality is the Shame of US Health Care, CNN, November 18, 2017. 

    • This article illustrates the alarmingly high rates of maternal death, especially among women of color, and how many of these deaths could be prevented.

    Wallace, Kelly, Moms Who Need Mental Health Care The Most Aren't Getting It, CNN, November 2, 2015. 

    • Stigma around postpartum depression largely exacerbates this common condition, and so this article offers sound advice on what to say to women who are currently experiencing it or may be exhibiting warning signs.