Postpartum Justice Articles and Video

This page includes an expanded list of articles and videos under the five headings of postpartum justice. The links take you to websites where you can read the pieces or watch the videos.



Kendall, Tamil and Ana Langer. “Critical maternal health knowledge gaps in low- and middle-income countries for the post-2015 era” Reproductive healthvol. 12 55. 5 Jun. 2015, doi:10.1186/s12978-015-0044-5

Chalhoub, Theresa, and Kelly Rimar. “The Health Care System and Racial Disparities in Maternal Mortality.” Center for American Progress, 10 May 2018,

Martin, Nina, and Renee Montagne. “Nothing Protects Black Women From Dying in Pregnancy and Childbirth.” ProPublica, 7 Dec. 2017,

Waldman, Annie. “New York City Launches Initiative to Eliminate Racial Disparities in Maternal Death.” ProPublica, 30 July 2018,

Whetstone, Sara, and Meg Autry. “Linking Global Health to Local Health within an Ob/Gyn Residency Program.” Journal of Ethics | American Medical Association, American Medical Association, 1 Mar. 2018,


Escribà-Agüir, Vicenta and Lucía Artazcoz. “Gender differences in postpartum depression: a longitudinal cohort study” Journal of epidemiology and community health vol. 65,4 (2010): 320-6.

Campoamor, Danielle. “10 Things Men Need To Stop Saying About Postpartum Depression, Immediately.” Romper, Romper, 24 Aug. 2018,

Maternity Discrimination: Everyday Sexism Project Findings:” Mumsnet, 2015,

Shaw, Maureen. “Why Postpartum Depression Is a Feminist Issue.” HuffPost, HuffPost, 15 Oct. 2014,

Vinopal , Lauren. “Are Husbands and Doctors Conspiring to Sew New Moms Up Too Tight?Fatherly, 21 Sept. 2017,



Coates, Rose et al. “Women's experiences of postnatal distress: a qualitative study” BMC pregnancy and childbirth vol. 14 359. 14 Oct. 2014, doi:10.1186/1471-2393-14-359

Negron, R., Martin, A., Almog, M. et al. “Social Support During the Postpartum Period: Mothers’ Views on Needs, Expectations, and Mobilization of Support.” Maternal Child Health J (2013) 17: 616.

Lattouf, Antoinette. “'So You're Crazy?': the Cultural Barriers That Make Postnatal Depression Worse.” The Guardian, Guardian News and Media, 27 Apr. 2018

Corrigan, Catherine P et al. “Social Support, Postpartum Depression, and Professional Assistance: A Survey of Mothers in the Midwestern United States” Journal of perinatal education vol. 24,1 (2015): 48-60.

American Magazine, et al. “The Church Doesn't Talk Enough about Postpartum Depression. These Catholic Women Are Changing That.” St. Joseph Hospital, 2017,


Abandonment of Traditional Wisdom

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.

Raven, Joanna H et al. “Traditional beliefs and practices in the postpartum period in Fujian Province, China: a qualitative study” BMC pregnancy and childbirth vol. 7 8. 21 Jun. 2007, doi:10.1186/1471-2393-7-8

  • This research article compares traditional Chinese postpartum practices with those of Western medicine. It finds that most are highly beneficial and culturally engrained.

Ghani, Radiah Abdul, and Saezah Salehudin. “Traditional Belief and Practice on Postpartum Recovery among Mothers in East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia.” MATEC Web of Conferences, EDP Sciences, 23 Feb. 2018

  • This research examines traditional postpartum recovery practices among mothers in Malaysia.

Dennis, Cindy-Lee & Fung, Kenneth & Grigoriadis, Sophie & Robinson, Gail & Romans, Sarah & Ross, Lori. (2007). Traditional postpartum practices and rituals: A qualitative systematic review. Women's health (London, England). 3. 487-502. 10.2217/17455057.3.4.487.

  • This study looks at common traditions during the postpartum period for mothers in cultures across the world. It found that “organized support for the mother, periods of rest, prescribed food to be eaten or prohibited, hygiene practices and those related to infant care and breastfeeding” were similar traits that aided the recovery of the mothers.

Steele, Laurel. “6 Birthing and Postpartum Traditions From Around the World.” Mothering, 23 Aug. 2018

  • This article gives a brief description of traditions carried out during and after birth in modern times among people in Bali, Turkey, Ecuador, Japan, the Netherlands, and Nigeria.


Health Care System

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.

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.

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.

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