Em-URGE-ing Voices


Favorite Writer: I don't have a favorite writer, but one of my favorite books is The Color Purple by Alice Walker.
Hidden Talent: I can eat 10 lbs of crab legs by myself
Bio: Desireé is a writer, full circle doula, and Level II Reiki practitioner whose research is focused on reproductive justice, mass incarceration, and the intersections of state-sanctioned violence & Black motherhood. She synergizes activism, advocacy, scholarship, and energetic healing as the owner of Divinely Aligned Holistic Health and Healing and founder of the Gulf Coast Doula Coalition. She has a master's in Sociology, and in her free time, she enjoys reading and raunchy tv.

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Black Maternal and Mental Health

The Texas Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Review Committee (MMMRC) recently released their biennial report on pregnancy-related deaths in the state. Consistent with national trends, the maternal mortality rate for Black women and birthing people in Texas is 2-3 times higher than that of our non-Black counterparts.  Studies for maternal mortality use various measurements, with similar yet differing language to analyze maternal deaths. Below are common terms used to calculate maternal mortality:  Pregnancy-associated mortality looks at death during or up to one year after the end of a pregnancy, whether or not the death was directly caused by pregnancy.  Pregnancy-related mortality is a death “during pregnancy or within one year after the end of a pregnancy due to a complication from pregnancy, a chain of events initiated by pregnancy, or the… Read more »