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Jan 18

Watch Party with Eugene Delercq: Is maternal mortality really the tip of the iceberg in women’s health?

January 18, 2023 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm EST

Learn about current research and deepen your connections in the QMNC research community at our watch party with Dr. Eugene Declercq!

Feel free to wear your casual clothes, grab a cup of tea (or even a glass a wine!) and join us for a small gathering (limited to 25 participants). At each watch party, we will hear from a researcher on a recent article and enjoy a relaxed conversation about the presentation.


In this watch party, Eugene Declercq will be presenting on: Is maternal mortality really the tip of the iceberg in women’s health?

There has been increasing attention to maternal mortality in recent years, particularly in the United States. While maternal deaths are tragedies at the individual and societal level, in industrialized countries they represent only a small portion of all deaths to women of reproductive age. Their importance is that they are so often preventable and they are seen as an indicator of broader problems in women’s health care. This talk explores what’s behind the numbers in maternal death and how the challenge we face need to focus on women’s health in general and not just during pregnancies.


In this 90 minute session, expect 30 minutes of presentation and one hour of discussion, facilitated by Micknai Arefaine.

Micknai Arefaine (she/they) is a cultural organizer, educator, chef, and doula. She holds a Masters in Applied Anthropology from Oregon State University. She is the owner of Za Gualay Consulting, where she works with organizations that are looking for deeply transformative and holistic experiences that center justice, equity, belonging, healing, and dismantling the systems of oppression.

Speaker: Eugene Declercq, PhD, Professor of Community Health Sciences, Boston University; member, QMNC Interim Steering Committee. 

Dr. Declercq is Professor of Community Health Sciences at the Boston University School of Public Health and Professor on the faculty of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Boston University School of Medicine. He’s collaborated on 6 reports on women’s experiences in childbirth entitled Listening to Mothers and is creator of the website www.birthbythenumbers.org.  He is the recipient of the Martha May Eliot Award from the American Public Health Association.  His recent research has focused on maternal mortality and severe morbidity and he is a current member of the Massachusetts Maternal Mortality Review Committee.


Register below to receive the Zoom link via email.

Free registration open to QMNC members only.
QMNC membership is free. Learn more here.


January 18, 2023
10:30 am - 12:00 pm EST




QMNC Research Alliance