Key findings from South Dakota's maternal & prenatal health report
On today's show...
We start with a look at the new report from the South Dakota Department of Health. The report is a comprehensive look at pregnancy-associated and infant deaths in South Dakota. It covers 10 years of cases from 2012 to 2021.
Fabricia Latterell, a maternal and child health epidemiologist with the Department of Health, explains the significance of the report and summarizes its findings.
We continue with a roundtable discussion on prenatal and postpartum health needs in the state, especially in tribal communities.
Zintkala Black Owl is a traditional Indigenous midwife. She is facilitator of the He Sapa Birth Circle in the Black Hills, which serves all of the Oceti Sakowin territory.
Natalie Stites Means was a committee member of the South Dakota Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, which published the report on maternal mortality and health disparities of American Indian Women in South Dakota.
Amanda Youngers is a certified nurse midwife at the Great Plains Tribal Health Leaders Board at the Oyate Health Center. She also spent 13 years practicing as a midwife on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.
And Autumn Cavender-Wilson is a certified professional midwife and an enrolled tribal member of the Upper Sioux Community, serving southwest Minnesota and eastern South Dakota.