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Houston Public Media: Mothers First


Harris County has one of the highest rates of maternal morbidity among metropolitan areas in the United States. Between 2008 and 2015, Harris County’s incidence of maternal morbidity increased 53%, compared to a 15% percent increase for Texas overall. Those affected are more than a statistic.

Mothers First is a limited digital series featuring stories of women and experts about their experiences with pregnancy, labor and delivery, and the postpartum time.

In episode one, Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton, former City of Houston Poet Laureate, shares her pregnancy and birth story of her son, where her concerns were dismissed. Dr. Carla Ortique, an obstetrician and gynecologist with The Women's Specialists of Houston at Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women and Co-Chair for Improving Maternal Health’s Steering Committee, sheds light on the role that implicit bias plays in maternal mortality and morbidities.

Healthy Women Houston

Healthy Women Houston serves the Third Ward and Sunnyside communities as well as the Greater Fondren Southwest and Alief area, standing alongside pregnant women and providing access to high quality, personal medical and behavioral healthcare and trusted social service support referrals to connect the woman to the services she deserves. Healthy Women Houston continues to support current members and as well as enroll new members. Refer a woman today by completing the online referral form.

Webinar: Addressing Racial Bias in Maternal Health Outcomes Through Data Disaggregation

Bright by Text


Receive FREE activities, games, and local resources to expecting parents and caregivers of children between the age of zero to eight right to your cell phone. Messages are customized to the woman's trimester or the child’s age so you will only receive messages that are helpful to you and your family. Weekly texts include activities and local resources to support early development, language and early literacy, health and safety, and more.

To receive FREE tips directly to your phone, text TEXASKIDS to 274448 or sign up online.

For more information, visit First3Years: English or Spanish.
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