Episode 4.1 Maternal Deaths Pre-Roe, This is Going to Hurt, Caffeine, Covid, and Navajo Sterilizations


In this episode, we discuss routine use of LDH and uric acid in evaluation of hypertension. Plus, new studies about caffeine use during pregnancy, the efficacy of home visits to pregnant patients, and the declining value of mammography. We also discuss emergency contraception and birth control in a world post Dobbs and how many women died of illegal abortions before Roe. Finally, we discuss forced sterilization of Native American women as depicted in Dark Winds and Adam Kay’s book, This Is Going to Hurt. 

Links Discussed:

The prognostic role of serum uric acid levels in preeclampsia: A meta-analysis

Pregnancy-Related Mortality Resulting From Influenza in the United States During the 2009–2010 Pandemic

Mendelian randomization study of maternal coffee consumption and its influence on birthweight, stillbirth, miscarriage, gestational age and pre-term birth 

Change in effectiveness of mammography screening with decreasing breast cancer mortality: a population-based study

Planned Parenthood’s false stat: ‘Thousands’ of women died every year before Roe

The Little-Known History of the Forced Sterilization of Native American Women

Medicaid Consent to Sterilization Forms: Historical, Practical, Ethical, and Advocacy Considerations

Effect of an Intensive Nurse Home Visiting Program on Adverse Birth Outcomes in a Medicaid-Eligible Population

First-Time Cesarean Deliveries Increased in Recent Years