Maternal health is widely seen as a key indicator of a society’s overall well-being. But two new reports paint a concerning picture — for Texas and the U.S. as a whole. America has the worst maternal death rate of any wealthy nation, and Texas ranks as the eighth worst state in the U.S. based on its maternal mortality rates.
At this member-exclusive Baker Briefing, experts discussed the scope of the maternal mortality crisis in Texas, how it is unfolding in communities unevenly across the state and potential policy responses in light of broader public concerns on maternal health issues.
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Baker Briefing is a podcast that tackles the most critical foreign and domestic policy issues of the day in conversations with experts at the Baker Institute for Public Policy. Each episode is recorded in front of a live audience at Rice University in Houston, Texas.
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Rola El-Serag, M.D.
L.E. and Virginia Simmons Senior Fellow in Health Policy; Director, Center for Health & Biosciences, Baker Institute
Elena Marks, J.D., M.P.H.
Senior Fellow in Health Policy, Center for Health and Biosciences, Baker Institute
McClain Sampson, Ph.D.
Fellow in Maternal and Reproductive Health, Center for Health and Biosciences, Baker Institute
The Honorable David M. Satterfield
Director, Baker Institute and Edward P. Djerejian Center for the Middle East; Former Ambassador to Lebanon and Turkey