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Saving Lives:
Prenatal Aspirin Intervention to Reduce Negative Maternal and Fetal Outcomes

June 2019 eNewsletter
In This Issue:
 
Preeclampsia Can Catch Even the Fastest Runners: Allyson Felix Shares Her Story
AMA Statement on Maternal Morbidity: Ways & Means
2019 March of Dimes: Walking to Save our Babies
Remembering our Foremothers in Gynecology
Preeclampsia Foundation Releases NEW PNA Video
Preeclampsia Can Catch Even the Fastest Runners: Allyson Felix's Story

Allyson Felix, the only woman to win six Olympic track and field gold medals, spoke before the House Ways and Means Committee at a hearing focused on racial disparities in maternal mortality. She suffered from a case of severe preeclampsia and had an emergency Caesarean section 32 weeks into her pregnancy last November. The 33-year-old sprinter was among six witnesses the committee heard from Thursday morning, joining doctors, academics and medical experts in outlining the risks and dangers faced disproportionately by African American women in pregnancy and childbirth. Allyson told Dr. Abbott, who attended the hearing, that she was never advised on prenatal aspirin and was never informed of how to reduce her risk for hypertension in pregnancy.

“I was not aware that I was more at risk,” Felix told the committee. “I think that says a lot. It’s not really talked about … but it is a real issue. I think had I been more aware, maybe I would’ve had better questions to ask. Maybe when I first saw my swollen feet, I would’ve rushed in.”
Overcoming Racial Disparities and Social Determinants in the Maternal Mortality Crisis 
Presented by the AMA 
On May 16, 2019 the American Medical Association provided testimony to the US House of Representatives Committee on Ways & Means as part of the hearing entitled, “Overcoming Racial Disparities and Social Determinants in the Maternal Mortality Crisis.” The AMA stated that they're committed to working with other stakeholders to support efforts to reduce and prevent rising rates of maternal mortality and serious or near-fatal maternal morbidity, and specifically to address health inequities by race and social determinants of health. Click on the link above to read the testimony! 
March of Dimes Walk for Babies 2019
The Prenatal Aspirin Project was proud to support the BMC OB/GYN NICU Team at this year's March of Dimes Walk for Babies!
Together we raised $4,484!


A special thanks to Thera Wilson and Glen Markenson for being our fearless team leaders!
Resilient Sisterhood Project:
A Celebration to Remember Our Foremothers in Gynecology
On Saturday May 11, we joined the Resilient Sisterhood Project to honor the contributions of the enslaved women who were experimented on without their informed consent. 

During the 1840s in Montgomery, Alabama, Dr. James Marion Sims, long lauded as “the Father of Modern Gynecology” by the medical establishment, exercised inhumane and unethical conduct through his experiments on nearly a dozen black women, three of whom he bought – known to us only as Anarcha, Betsey, and Lucy. This celebratory event recognized these women as our “Foremothers in Gynecology.” We witnessed the unveiling of three pieces of artwork done by a well-known African American artist, Jules Arthur.
The Preeclampsia Foundation Releases Educational Video on Prenatal Aspirin 

Questions?


Check out our website: prenatalaspirin.com

Please contact Lizette Mendez at lmendez@bu.edu,
Dr. Abbott at
 Jodi.Abbott@bmc.org, or Dr. Nyia Noel at Nyia.Noel@bmc.org

The BMC Team: Jodi Abbott, Nyia Noel, Erin Miller, Lizette Mendez, Katie Mezwa, Courtney Massaro, Olivera Vragovic, Cynthia Wang, Alex Francoeur, Grace Yang, Zaina Sen, Sarah Zambrano, Abigail Evancho, Ashley Gordon, Julia Krumholz, Remington Lim, Jyla Hicks






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