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

Episode Summary

Part two of the maternal child health series continues the journey of a powerful story of motherhood, resilience, and the transformative power of person-centered healthcare. This episode highlights the critical importance of postpartum cardiac care in addressing Black maternal health care delivery disparities, ensuring that Black mothers have access to and receive the specialized care they deserve to prevent cardiac complications and promote overall well-being. Our hosts deliver a lively discussion about the care provided for moms, particularly Black moms, who are often representative of challenging environments, revealing key influencers to physical and emotional health and happiness. 

Listen as clinical experts, providers, and a former (happier and healthier!) patient dive into how proactive, engaging, and personalized care has transformed the postpartum journey in rural Georgia. Discover how this innovative program enables healthcare to be delivered outside of the traditional brick-and-mortar of a hospital or doctor’s office—breaking down the barriers that typically prevent underserved mothers from receiving the cardiac care and support they need.

Check out Part One of the series if you haven’t already! 


Featured Guests

  • Sue Zbikowski, PhD, Behavioral Psychologist
  • Akinniran A. Abisogun, M.D., FACC, RPVI, Cardiologist at SouthCoast Health in Georgia
  • 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