Research Trail for Jane Crow Project
As founder and editor in chief of Women's eNews, I led a project from 2009 to 2016 on the underlying cause of the high maternal mortality and morbidity rates among American women of African descent.
Now I am delighted to spend full-time researching and publishing information on the factors that influence the African American women's maternal health, including historic trauma. I expect to produce a book that will document historical trauma and current maternal care practices that undercut the health of African American women.
It is my belief that if this work reduces the maternal deaths and life-threatening complications among American women of African descent, it will also improve the maternal care delivered to all American women and perhaps rein in the rising U.S. maternal mortality rate. Thank you for your interest. Rita Henley Jensen May, 2017