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Good Reads & Listens

  • Did you know that throughout the 1950s, computer software programming was seen as “women’s work,” the alternative to the male vocation of hardware development? Here’s an explanation of what happened:

  • The “Women Rule” podcast and newsletter are jam-packed with inspiring perspectives and insights from women at all levels of their careers. The mother’s day newsletter shared a great interview with Senator Tammy Duckworth, the first senator to give birth while in office (!!!). Here’s a snippet and go subscribe!
  • A recent Armchair Expert episode featured guest, Dr. Eric Topol, and caught our attention in a couple of big ways! Dr. Topol talks about extended intelligence which had us rehashing our discussions with MetaOptima CEO, Maryam Sadeghi. (Her Episode will release June 5) Meta Optima is leveraging full body drones in dermatology and created an AI platform to help dovetail with dermatologists own medical knowledge and expertise to identify and help diagnosis dangerous skin lesions. And in a past life, Robin and Joy worked for a pathology lab, so hearing Dr. Topol talking about this type of technology and learning from Maryam really resonated with us and reminds us that machine learning in the hands of expert physicians is the future! And the future is now, apparently!
  • How does climate change intersect with healthcare? Well, “Nature underpins all dimensions of human health,” according to a report released by the UN Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). They state “70% of drugs used for cancer are natural or are synthetic products inspired by nature, four billion people rely primarily on natural medicines for their health and, among other examples, 70% of global food crops rely on animal pollination.” Go listen to Jennifer Tabola discuss this topic in detail on the May 8 episode of The Healthcare Policy Podcast.
  • We’re all about this idea: For girls, seeing someone who looks like them, as well as understanding how that woman got to where she is, buoys them with the courage to chase their dreams. 
  • Meet the 10-year-old coder grabbing the attention of Google, Microsoft, and Michelle Obama
  • May is #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth. This single mom shared her story of an 18-month  crippling depression that left her in an unrelenting state of panic, in her book entitled, The Valedictorian of Being Dead. To overcome her struggle, she underwent a pretty radical treatment — 10 medically induced comas to reset her brain. Now, if we could just get more insurance companies to cover mental health!


A few of our favorite recent tweets & ‘grams


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#bmhw19 HT ・・・ “The reasons for the black-white divide in both infant and maternal mortality have been debated by researchers and doctors for more than two decades. But recently there has been growing acceptance of what has largely been, for the medical establishment, a shocking idea: For black women in America, an inescapable atmosphere of societal and systemic racism can create a kind of toxic physiological stress, resulting in conditions — including hypertension and pre-eclampsia — that lead directly to higher rates of infant and maternal death. And that societal racism is further expressed in a pervasive, longstanding racial bias in health care — including the dismissal of legitimate concerns and symptoms — that can help explain poor birth outcomes even in the case of black women with the most advantages.” – NYTimes, “Why America’s Black Mothers and Babies Are in a Life-or-Death Crisis”. TW: Article references infant loss and maternal death. . Staggering statistics like this are why #BlackMaternalHealthWeek19 is so important, and addressing them takes a multi-disciplined approach across medical, cultural, and social lines as this article illustrates. If you haven’t yet, join the movement, find local events, register for national #BMHW19 webinars, and make clear that #BlackMamasMatter, by signing up at ​ . Illustration by @chelslarss, because it was important to us to represent actual human beings. Statistics via CDC: . Also, are you checking our instastories?!? The #BMHW19 takeover by the incredible @kellyamcknight continues and it is too important to miss! :point_up_2: . . . #BMMA #prenatalhealthrevolution #highriskpregnancy #blackmaternalhealth #womenshealth #maternalhealth #healthypregnancy #pregnancy #cdc #blackwomenmatter #listentoblackwomen

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This is one of the last illustrations I made in a series about economic inequality between men and women. Source: US Census Bureau data on full-time, year-round workers’ median earnings, 1998-2017

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Ok here’s my post baby annoying post and my takeaway from pregnancy. Women are the shit. Men are cool and whatever but women are fucking warriors and capable of anything. I was lucky enough to get to have a doula. Her name @domino_kirke @carriagehousebirth what do doulas do? I don’t totally know But what she did was make me and Chris feel totally secure and supported throughout my pregnancy and the birth process. I really recommend getting one if you can. Doctor Brill and all the nurses and pediatricians at Lenox Hill and all the other hospitals i spent time in this year, thank you for everything. I did Pilates with strong women and went for walks. I threw up violently and felt sick mostly every day of my pregnancy. Hyperemesis is real and it’s awful. But fuck, what they say is true. The second you give birth it’s gone. @hgmoms has the best research I found on the condition The only thing that helped me with my nausea was products from @thelordjones I learned that globally 1 in 5 births take place without the assistance of a skilled birth attendant. @everymomcounts is a great place to donate $250 equips a midwife with a bag of medical equipment needed to provide care to hundreds of women and babies in Guatemala. All my friends. Friends I’ve had for 30 years or people who encouraged me to “keep going” or telling me “it will be worth it”. Thank you. Every woman I encountered is so willing to help and advise you and I felt all their strength. And you were right. Thank you ladies from my family. Chris, Gene and of course Tatiana #titsleaking #wearingadiaper

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