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The Politics of Pregnancy and How My Medical Education Failed Me

Sep 16, 2021

Produced by Nanditha Hareesh

Nanditha is a second-year medical student at Monash University with a special interest in global and refugee health and medical advocacy.

When Dr Shona Kambarami was in her final year of medical school in Australia, she did an OBGYN rotation in a New Orleans hospital. It was there where she saw first hand the health disparities for Black patients and how a predominantly white medical staff and a privatised health system influenced the way patients were treated.

Throughout Dr Kambarami's medical and writing career in Australia, The U.S and The UK she has sought to create equitable and culturally safe treatment for migrant, refugee and First Nations women. Dr Kambarami sat down with medical student Nanditha Hareesh to discuss the politics of pregnancy and how her medical school fell short in preparing doctors for the diverse needs of antenatal and postpartum care.

For the most part we have the answers...We know how to stop postpartum hemorrhage which is the biggest killer to pregnant women in the world. We know how to treat preeclampsia and yet Black women... in any continent are dying at rates much much higher than white women.  - Dr Shona Kambarami

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