Shining a Spotlight on Black Maternal Health

January 30, 2024

Black Maternal Health, Hemphill interviewed by Mike Gimbel

Assistant Professor Tarnisha Hemphill, D.N.P., CNM, was recently featured on Straight Talk with Mike Gimbel. This episode of the Baltimore-area news show focused on Black maternal health and the importance of prenatal care, especially for underserved populations. Dr. Hemphill teaches in the newly-launched M.S.N. in Nurse Midwifery program at GW Nursing. The program prepares nurse-midwives to address the alarming maternity care crisis in the United States where maternal mortality is rising and Black and Indigenous mothers die at three times the rate of White mothers. Midwives make a difference because they individualize care, addressing both the physical and the psychosocial needs of patients and their families. This high touch approach results in fewer preterm births and babies born at low birth weight, more vaginal births with fewer complications, and more enhanced bonding and successful and extended breastfeeding. At GW Nursing, the online MSN: Nurse-Midwifery program integrates research and nurse-midwifery practice, with a strong emphasis on women’s health and primary care throughout the life-span.