On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Dr. Linda Burke, a board-certified OB-GYN, and author of The Smart Mother's Guide to a Better Pregnancy: How to minimize risks, avoid complications and have a healthy baby. Dr. Burke is on a mission to keep pregnant women and their babies out of harm’s way.

Dr. Burke talks about preventable medical errors, labor-room problems, maternal mortality and planning your pregnancy.

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If Congress doesn’t reauthorize funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) soon, it's not just Texas children who could lose access to health insurance; thousands of pregnant women could lose coverage, too.

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Within a two-year period between 2010 and 2012, the rate of pregnant women dying in Texas doubled – and it’s not entirely clear why.

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From Texas Standard:

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Fifteen years ago this week, Andrea Yates – a mom from a Houston suburb – methodically and systematically drowned all five of her children. The kids ranged in age from six months to seven years old.