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NATAL podcast shares obstacles faced by pregnant Black women in rural America

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Anasia Sturdivant (Ames, Iowa): Her story, featured on the NATAL podcast, highlights the experience of a Black queer, pansexual woman and foster parent who has chosen single motherhood via the sperm donor process to give birth to her biological son, Isaiah.

In the United States, Black women are three times as likely to die during childbirth than white women. Now, season 2 of the NATAL podcast is sharing the stories, obstacles and triumphs of pregnant Black women living in rural America.

Host Gabrielle Horton and OBGYN and Founder of The Well Woman Center Tonya Hawkins Hunter tell us more about racial disparities in maternal healthcare.

The University of New Orleans has roughly half the number of students now compared to the years before Hurricane Katrina. And one potential solution to get more students enrolled is starting a Division 1 football team.

Louisiana Considered Managing Producer Alana Schreiber spoke with UNO Athletic Director Tim Duncan to learn more.

Today’s episode of Louisiana Considered was hosted by Adam Vos. Our producer is Alana Schreiber and our digital editor is Katelyn Umholtz. Our engineers are Garrett Pittman, Aubrey Procell, and Thomas Walsh. 

You can listen to Louisiana Considered Monday through Friday at 12:00 and 7:30 pm. It’s available on Spotify, Google Play, and wherever you get your podcasts. 

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Adam is responsible for coordinating WRKF's programming and making sure everything you hear on the radio runs smoothly. He is also the voice of Baton Rouge's local news every afternoon during All Things Considered.
Alana Schreiber is the managing producer for the live daily news program, Louisiana Considered. She comes to WWNO from KUNC in Northern Colorado, where she worked as a radio producer for the daily news magazine, Colorado Edition. She has previously interned for Minnesota Public Radio in St. Paul and The Documentary Group in New York City.