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C-Sections and the Business of Medicine
The examples of how reproductive autonomy has been stolen are too numerous: use of Black slave women for gynecological research, Tuskegee and Guatemala syphilis research, forced sterilizations of Native American, Puerto Rican and Black women, and the ignored escalating rates of Black maternal and infant mortality. Over the past 20 years, the rates of C-sections have increased over 12% globally. In the U.S. the highest use of C-sections has been for black women.

This webinar, led by Alexandrine Guyard-Nedelec (re: the UK), Sandrine Piorkowski Bocquillon, (re: Puerto Rico (U.S. colonialism)), Monique Rainford, MD, FACOG, and public health expert Nakeitra Burse, examines the underlying factors that contribute to the rise in C-section rates in industrialized nations and its part in the overall pattern of poor reproductive care and assaults on bodily autonomy.

This internationally-focused webinar was planned with the participation of Anne Légier, associate researcher, and Christen Bryson, Associate Professor, for CREW at the Sorbonne Nouvelle.

Nov 18, 2021 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Dr. Sandrine Piorkowski Bocquillon
Dr. Sandrine Piorkowski Bocquillon is a researcher in the field of gender studies and public health. Her PhD focused on eugenics and public health in the U.S., and she has recently broadened the scope of her research to study the interactions between gender studies and public health. An associate member at the Sorbonne Nouvelle, she has taken part in seminars addressing the issue of forced sterilizations in the U.S. and of women’s control over their bodies. She also teaches English to higher education students willing to get admissions to highly selective schools in the field of science. Sandrine lives with her husband and her twin sons in the South of France.
Dr. Alexandrine Guyard-Nedelec
Dr. Alexandrine Guyard-Nedelec is an Associate Professor in British Area Studies at the School of Law and Language Department of University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and a member of the Sorbonne Institute for Legal and Philosophical Sciences (ISJPS), where she coordinates the Gender and Normativities (GeNo) research network, as well as the Sorbonne Interdisciplinary Gender Network (AGIS). She teaches legal English, common law and English applied to Gender Studies. She also trains students for the English competitive entrance examinations for the French senior civil service. Her research focuses on sociology of law and questions the relationship between law and gender within the legal professions but also in legislative developments that shape the contours of practices such as abortion, forced adoption or c-sections without consent, in the English-speaking world and more specifically in the UK.
Monique A. Rainford M.D.
Monique A. Rainford M.D. is a board-certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist who has been practicing for over twenty years. Dr. Rainford is an award-winning graduate from the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard Medical School and completed her residency at Georgetown University Medical Center. Her career achievements include serving as the Center Medical Director for two health centers for Baltimore Medical System and Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Yale Health. In addition to other pursuits, she is an Assistant Professor at the Yale University School of Medicine. As an avid writer, she has authored books, op-eds, blogs and has been a columnist for a major newspaper. Dr. Rainford has established her presence through documented public speaking engagements such as a TEDx talk and her vast media coverage both nationally and internationally.
Dr. Nakeitra L. Burse
Dr. Nakeitra L. Burse, is the CEO/ Principal Strategist of Six Dimensions, a certified woman owned, minority owned public health research, development and practice company. Dr. Burse has been a servant in the field of public health for over twelve years. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Sciences and Master’s in Health Education Health Promotion both from Mississippi State University. She also holds a doctorate in Public Health from Jackson State University. Dr. Burse is dedicated to understanding the impact of systems on the health of communities. Her work is centered around health equity and social justice issues and ensuring that populations that have been historically underserved, overlooked, and discriminated against receive equitable treatment in health and healthcare settings.