Gender Disparities In Eastern Connecticut And The Role Of The Midwife

Feb 26, 2018

Where do gender disparities exist for women and girls in our state? And how do we address them?

A new study asks this question in an area of Connecticut that is not often highlighted. This hour, we talk with the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut about the status of women and girls in the 42 towns that make of the eastern region of our state.

And later—we look at the health of women and babies. We check back in with ProPublica reporter Nina Martin, who has been investigating why America has such a high maternal mortality rate.

Martin’s latest story looks at a new study that finds U.S states which allow midwives to play a bigger part in healthcare systems have better health outcomes for mothers and babies.

Where does Connecticut rank?

Did you have a midwife involved in your pregnancy? How was your experience?


  • Maryam Elahi - President and CEO of the Community Foundation of Eastern CT. *She is also a member of the board of Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network
  • Dr. Lynn Malerba - Lifetime Chief of the Mohegan Tribe. She has a PhD in nursing with a long career as a registered nurse before becoming Chief. She is also a trustee of the Community Foundation of Eastern CT
  • Nina Martin - Covers gender and sexuality for ProPublica. She has spent the past 18 months investigating why the U.S. has the worst rate of maternal deaths in the developed world for ProPublica in collaboration with NPR
  • Jessica Illuzzi - Medical Director of Obstetrics at the Vidone Birth Center at Yale New Haven Hospital, Saint Raphael Campus; practicing obstetrician

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Chion Wolf contributed to this show.