Tune into our 3-part podcast mini series on Black Maternal Health with the Black Moms Chat podcast.

Listen to Episode 1: Black Motherhood in the Roe v. Wade Aftermath

On this episode of Black Moms Chat, Adanna Dill and Schnelle Acevedo partner with PowerMom.

PowerMom is a community of pregnant people collecting and contributing important pregnancy-related health information through app-based surveys and wearable sensors. Together, they are working to reduce health disparities and learning more about what leads to healthy pregnancies and healthy babies for every pregnant person.

The ladies discuss their thoughts on the overturning Roe v. Wade Aftermath, how this will affect Black mothers/women and more.

Listen to Episode 2: The Current State of Black Maternal Health Featuring Dr. Toluwalase “Lase” Ajayi

On this episode of Black Moms Chat sponsored by PowerMom. Dr. Lase Ajayi join co-hosts Adanna Dill and Schnelle Acevedo. She shares her experiences as a medical doctor and Black mother. Dr. Ajayi shares her own traumatic experience at the hospital where she practices medicine during her pregnancy. She also shares why she believed the overturning of Roe V. Wade is steeped in systemic racism. Her thoughts on home births vs hospital births and advice for Black women to advocate for themselves during their pregnancies.

Toluwalase “Lase” Ajayi is a palliative care physician and pediatrician. She is dedicated to expanding the benefits of palliative medicine across all ages. Dr. Ajayi is also dedicated to improving communication with seriously ill patients. She has a strong interest in studying methods of improving communication between seriously ill patients and hospital teams. Dr. Ajayi is also interested in investigating how palliative medicine can improve the quality of lives of patients with previously devastating pediatric disease who are now living well into adulthood. This group of patients includes, but is not limited to, those with congenital heart defects, cystic fibrosis, and hemoglobinopathies as well as survivors of pediatric cancers.

She currently serves as the medical director of palliative medicine at Scripps Mercy Hospital San Diego. Dr. Ajayi is well published in her work with patients with serious illnesses. She completed medical school and residency at the University of Kansas. She moved to San Diego for a fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

Listen to Episode 3: Black Maternal Health: Action Items and Speaking up

On this episode of Black Moms Chat, Adanna Dill and Schnelle Acevedo partner with Powermom for the final episode of their mini-series.

PowerMom is a community of pregnant people collecting and contributing important pregnancy-related health information through app-based surveys and wearable sensors. Together, they are working to reduce health disparities and learning more about what leads to healthy pregnancies and healthy babies for every pregnant person.

On this episode, co-hosts Schnelle Acevedo and Adanna Dill discuss the CDC recommendations for pregnant people and their families, what healthcare workers, hospital systems and communities can do to ensure that Black pregnant people access equitable health care options.

Lauren Serpico

Lauren Serpico

Lauren Serpico, Ph.D, is the Sr. Project Manager of Social Media Content at Scripps Research Digital Trials Center. Her background is in Community Psychology, with a focus on online social networks.