[IL-CNM] Maternal death

Rosemary r.meganck at comcast.net
Mon Sep 14 09:24:38 CDT 2015


This is a wonderful exhibit. I personally have not seen an increase in maternal deaths. But, I work in a low risk practice in an urban area with plenty of access to high risk care. 
My guess is that the highest numbers are in rural, underserved areas. 
Rosemary 

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> On Sep 12, 2015, at 8:58 AM, Rita (Pixie) Ledbetter <ledbetter72 at mchsi.com> wrote:
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> I am curious – are you seeing a n increase in maternal mortality? I know the evidence in the USA is real. Why do you think mortality is increasing?  Thanx Rita
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> From: il-cnm-bounces at luc.edu [mailto:il-cnm-bounces at luc.edu] On Behalf Of Klima, Carrie
> Sent: Thursday, August 27, 2015 12:03 PM
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> Subject: [IL-CNM] Interesting event that will be of interest to many of us...
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> I am a Chicago based artist and I would like to let you and your students know about a performance and installation I have been working on called MOTHER'S RIGHT that is taking place on Labor Day, Monday, September 7th at 12pm at the Daley Center in Chicago.  The piece is about the United States' high rates of maternal mortality, postpartum PTSD, and obstetric abuse.  I am performing this piece at Improving Birth's national "Rally to Improve Birth."  I have spent the summer in my studio sewing 1,200 hospital gowns, one for every woman who died during childbirth in 2013.    (Here is a link for more info about my project if you are interested)
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> We are hoping to engage with women in the Chicago community with this performance by asking for anyone interested to join in during the performance and help us fold the 1,200 hospital gowns I have sewn.  We are folding the gowns into triangles; similar to the way the American flag is folded at the funeral of a solider.  The traditional flag folding ceremony includes twelve symbolic folds, with the ninth fold symbolizing womanhood.  These hospital gowns have been cut to a length that allows the fabric to stop on the ninth fold. I am appropriating this sacred, beautiful, and moving ceremony as a symbol of respect and grief, and to raise awareness about postpartum PTSD.  Few people know that women are coming out of childbirth with the same psychological symptoms as soldiers who are fighting wars.  
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> My primary goal is to raise awareness about this human rights and woman's health issue that so many people are unaware of.
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> Sincerely,
> Michelle
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> www.michellehartney.com
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> MOTHER'S RIGHT Performance + Installation
> September 7 at Richard J. Daley Center, Chicago
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> Chicago, IL (July 21, 2015) - This Labor Day, September 7, MOTHER'S RIGHT—a conceptual installation and performance piece by Michelle Hartney—will take place at the Richard J. Daley Center in Chicago, IL. As an ongoing project, MOTHER'S RIGHT addresses the United States' high rates of maternal mortality, postpartum PTSD, and obstetric abuse.
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> For the performance, Hartney is sewing 1,200 hospital gowns—one for every mother who died in childbirth in America in 2013. The folded gowns represent not only the 1,200 women who died during childbirth, but also the women who have suffered abuse at the hands of obstetricians and nurses, and for the increasing number of women who are being diagnosed with postpartum PTSD after giving birth. Each gown is hand silk-screened with the artist's drawings of the plant derivatives from the drugs that have been used on laboring women for the past 150 years, composed to resemble traditional hospital gown fabric. In preparation, Hartney will host a 'Sew-In' at her Chicago studio to create a portion of the gowns and to foster the community of men and women who are helping to raise awareness for this important human rights issue. In addition, Hartney has created a limited edition run of framed, 6 x 6 inch tondos—circular works of art—featuring the unique silk-screened fabric used throughout the project. The sale of these tondos will contribute additional funding for future iterations of theMOTHER'S RIGHT performance, which will aim to engage more artistic and cultural venues in 2016. 
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> In the Labor Day performance, several pairs of women will stand facing one other, folding the handmade gowns into triangles—similar to the way the American flag is folded at the funeral of a solider. The traditional flag-folding ceremony includes twelve symbolic folds, with the ninth fold symbolizing womanhood. These custom-made hospital gowns have been cut to a length where the fabric stops on the ninth fold.
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> According to the World Health Organization, since 1995, the maternal mortality rate in the U.S. has increased 250%—and is ranked at the top of all developed countries globally. In 2013, eight countries reported an increase in maternal mortality rates: Afghanistan, Belize, El Salvador, Guinea-Bissau, Greece, Seychelles, South Sudan, and the United States. The United States spends three times more money on childbirth than Great Britain, yet our maternal mortality rate is over three times higher. Among these numbers, African American women are four times more likely to die during childbirth in the U.S. than Caucasian women. MOTHER'S RIGHT seeks to bring awareness to these issues and to some of the basic human rights that are being violated on a daily basis in the United States.
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> DATE + TIME
> Monday, September 7, 12-2pm
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> LOCATION
> Richard J. Daley Center
> 50 West Washington Street
> Chicago, IL 60602
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> RSVP To The Event Here
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> ABOUT MICHELLE HARTNEY
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> Michelle Hartney is a Chicago-based artist whose work addresses a broad range of topics—from women’s health issues, to the concept of heroes, love, and the cosmos. She works in a variety of materials, including fiber, wood, found objects, and most recently, performance. Her interest in using art to address social issues began during her graduate studies at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she was an Albert Schweitzer Fellow.
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> Images Top to Bottom, Left to Right: A MOTHER'S RIGHT gown being sewn in Michelle Hartney's studio; A rack of partially finished gowns; 6 x 6 inch tondo featuring the silk-screened fabric; Gowns folded in preparation for the MOTHER'S RIGHTperformance; Hartney sewing MOTHER'S RIGHT gowns
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