National Infant Mortality Awareness Month
“When the Bough Breaks” is available for viewing to the public until the end of September in honor of National Infant Mortality Awareness Month. The episode is part of Unnatural Causes, a seven-part documentary series exploring racial and socioeconomic inequalities in health.
This particular episode explores the idea that racism can become embedded in the body and affect birth outcomes. Black and other nonwhite women are twice as likely to have a baby die as white women and consistently have more poor birth outcomes than their white counterparts, even when they have similar education and income.
PBS originally broadcast the Unnatural Causes series in 2008. The other episodes are:
- In Sickness and In Wealth: How does the distribution of power, wealth and resources shape opportunities for health?
- Becoming American: Latino immigrants arrive healthy, so why don’t they stay that way?
- Bad Sugar: What are the connections between diabetes, oppression, and empowerment in two Native American communities?
- Place Matters: Why is your street address such a strong predictor of your health?
- Collateral Damage: How do Marshall Islanders pay for globalization and U.S. military policy with their health?
- Not Just a Paycheck: Why do layoffs take such a huge toll in Michigan but cause hardly a ripple in Sweden?