Reducing Maternal Mortality Risk:
A Life-Saving Story with Heart

Episode Summary

Welcome to the first episode of our two-part maternal-child health podcast. This episode delves into the critical challenges of maternal health, specifically highlighting the disparities for black women. It explores the innovative approaches a local community hospital is taking to revolutionize maternal health care by shifting from transactional to relationship-based care delivery, while leveraging limited resources in a rural area. 

Listen to the powerful story of Toni Smith, a new mother whose encounter with congestive heart failure (CHF) shortly after childbirth underscores the urgent need for enhanced, scalable maternal health services that connects care teams with patients – no matter where they are. Her journey through the hospital’s pioneering program not only saved her life but also propelled her toward a healthier future, spotlighting the critical impact of supportive, integrated care in black maternal health. 

This episode isn’t just a conversation; it’s a tribute to the resilience of mothers and the transformative potential of empathetic healthcare that includes remote patient monitoring (RPM), enabling the care team to respond to notifications received in the moment of need identifying patients at risk for potential adverse events. Tune in to discover how real-time response can significantly improve maternal health especially for underserved populations and their children, leading to life saving health outcomes. 

Check out part two of the series! 


Featured Guests

  • Dr. Keisha Callins, MD, MPH, OBGYN with Community Health Care Systems in Georgia
  • Heather Daniels, RN, BSN, Perinatal Services Director, Liberty Regional Medical Center in Hinesville, Georgia
  • Toni Smith, a former patient at Liberty Regional Medical Center in Hinesville, Georgia