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  • Writer's pictureFaith Crittenden

4 Eye-opening Reads : An racial equity lens on Obstetrics and Gynecology

Updated: Dec 14, 2022

Want to enhance your rotation experience? Here are some health equity books you should read while completing your OB/GYN rotation . This is a changing growing list, always check back for new books!

“An informed medical professional is one that questions and challenges the past, current, and future of medicine in order to better serve the communities they care for.” - Faith Crittenden, MD

In medicine we are required to rotate through different specialties what I have notice is the lack of health equity readings, here's a starter list of some health equity books to help enhance your experience .


Reproductive Injustice: Racism, Pregnancy, and Premature Birth

Author: Dána-Ain Davis

With Black women having higher rates of premature births, morbidity, and mortality concerns during pregnancy, it cannot be justified with economic factors, lack of resources or access to care. This book looks at how race plays in birth outcomes in a historical context, revealing that ideas about reproduction and race today are impacted by the legacy of slavery.

Reproducing Race: An Ethnography of Pregnancy as a Site of Racialization

Author: Khiara M. Bridges

Looking at New York City public hospital, this book argues that race carries powerful material consequences for these women even when it is not named. It also looks into Medicaid and racial disparities in infant and maternal mortality. Deeper look into the politics of healthcare for the poor, and social problems reproduces racial stereotypes and governs the bodies of poor women of color.

Medical Bondage: Race, Gender, and the Origins of American Gynecology

Author: Deirdre Cooper Owens

John Peter Mettauer, James Marion Sims, and Nathan Bozeman are no secret that these nineteenth-century gynecologists performed experimental caesarean sections, ovariotomies, and obstetric fistula repairs primarily on poor and powerless women. This book breaks new ground by exploring how and why physicians denied these women their full humanity yet valued them as “medical superbodies” highly suited for medical experimentation.

Just get on the Pill: Then Uneven Burden of Reproductive Politics

Author: Krystale E. Littlejohn

This books looks at how birth control became a fundamentally unbalanced and gendered responsibility. Providers draw on narratives of male and female birth control methods to socialize cisgender women into sex and ultimately into shouldering the burden for preventing pregnancy.

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