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#86 - Racial Disparities in Pregnancy Outcomes with “The Radical Doula” Miriam Zoila Pérez: Continuing my women’s health series, I’m excited that my guest is writer and activist Miriam Zoila Pérez. In 2016, Miriam gave a TED Talk: How Racism is Harming Pregnant Women--and What Can Help, which has been viewed over 850,000 times. In our...

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Continuing my women’s health series, I’m excited that my guest is writer and activist Miriam Zoila Pérez. In 2016, Miriam gave a TED Talk: How Racism is Harming Pregnant Women--and What Can Help, which has been viewed over 850,000 times. In our conversation, we talk about the impact of racism on health. We also talk about toxic stress - what that is, how it builds up, and the impact it can make as early as childhood. Miriam then shares the three core areas where her current research is focusing that she sees as possible solutions for safer pregnancy outcomes for women of color. After you listen to the episode, be sure to watch Miriam’s TED Talk and check out her podcast and all the amazing and important resources on her website. About Miriam Miriam Zoila Pérez is a queer Cuban-American writer and activist focused on race, health and gender. In 2016, she gave a TED Talk: How Racism is Harming Pregnant Women--and What Can Help, which has been viewed over 850,000 times. Pérez is a freelance journalist and the founder of Radical Doula, a blog that covers the intersections of birth activism and social justice from a doula’s perspective. You can also catch her as one of the hosts on TONIC podcast -- healing advice for what ails you. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Splinter, Colorlines, The Nation, The American Prospect, MORE Magazine, Rewire.News and Talking Points Memo. Pérez’s work has appeared in a number of anthologies, including Click, Yes Means Yes, Persistence and Not That Bad, a New York Times bestselling anthology edited by Roxane Gay. Pérez is the author of the self-published The Radical Doula Guide: A Political Primer for Full-Spectrum Pregnancy and Childbirth Support, which has sold over 2500 copies. Follow Miriam miriamzperez.com | Radical Doula | TONIC podcast | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | Miriam's TED Talk | The Radical Doula Guide Miriam's New York Times article: Making Pregnancy Safer for Women of Color --- Body Kindness study: Want to help advance research on body image healing? I’m co-investigator of a new study with Dr. Jennifer Webb Director of the Integrative Positive Psychology Research Lab in Mindfulness, Body Acceptance, Culture & Health (MIND-BATCH) at UNC Charlotte. We’re looking for female Body Kindness readers living in the U.S. who are either pregnant OR who have at least one child 5 years or younger to complete a survey. Visit www.BodyKindnessBook.com/research to learn more and find out how you can get a free e-book and web-based resources. --- Support the show Thank you to our generous supporters! We are working toward our goal to fund the full season. Can you donate? Please visit our Go Fund Me page. --- You can subscribe to Body Kindness on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify and iHeartRadio. Enjoy the show? Please rate it on iTunes! - http://getpodcast.reviews/id/1073275062 Are you ready for Body Kindness? Get started today with my free e-course and on-demand digital training. Learn more - http://bit.ly/2k23nbT The New York Times Book Review calls Body Kindness 'simple and true'. Publisher's Weekly says it's 'a rousing guide to better health.' http://bit.ly/2k228t9 Watch my videos about why we need Body Kindness on YouTube. https://youtu.be/W7rATQpv5y8?list=PLQPvfnaYpPCUT9MOwHByVwN1f-bL2rn1V --- Enjoy the show? Please subscribe and rate it. Have a show idea or guest recommendation (even yourself!) E-mail podcast@bodykindnessbook.com to get in touch. Join us on the Body Kindness Podcast Facebook group where you can continue the episode conversations with the hosts, guests, and fellow listeners. See you there! Nothing in this podcast is meant to provide medical diagnosis, treatment, cure, or prevent any disease or condition. Individuals should consult a qualified healthcare provider for medical advice and answers to personal health questions.

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