Ep. 11 – My Mind Playing Tricks on Me: Medical Misery

On this episode, Delina & Erika talk about being Black and interacting with the healthcare industry. History has not been good to us and there’s a legacy of racism in medical care that we’re still grappling with.

The co-hosts share candidly about their experiences and a special guest, Deidre C., discusses current issues in maternal mortality. Your mind is not playing tricks on you; Medical misery is real. Press play!


Connect with us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram to share a time when you were hurt by the medical community. Have you ever felt like your concerns or pain were dismissed by those who were supposed to care for you.


Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present

Author: Harriet Washington

Date: 2008

Maternal Resources:

The US medical system is still haunted by slavery (vox.com & Probublica)

Eugene Saenger, Controversial Doctor, Dies at 90


Date: October 11, 2007

New York just removed a statue of a surgeon who experimented on enslaved women (vox.com)

Author: P.R. Lockhart

Date: April 18, 2018

The disturbing reason some African American patients may be undertreated for pain (washingtonpost.com)

Author: Sandhya Somashekhar

Date: April 4, 2016

Meet Grandison Harris, the Grave Robber Enslaved (and then Employed) By the Georgia Medical College (smithsonian.com)

Author: Bess Lovejoy

Date: May 6, 2014

Henrietta Lacks’s family wants compensation for her cells

Author: Andrea K. McDaniels

Date, February 14, 2017

Henrietta Lacks: the mother of modern medicine (theguardian.com)

Author: Joanna Moorhead

Date: June 23, 2010

Why America’s Black Mothers and Babies Are in a Life-or-Death Crisis (nytimes.com)

Author: Linda Villarosa

Date: Apri 11, 2018

Yes, opposition to Obamacare is tied up with race (washingtonpost.com)

Author: Paul Waldman

Date: May 23, 2014

How the Affordable Care Act Drove Down Personal Bankruptcy (consumerreports.com)

Author: Allen St. John

Date: May 2, 2017

Nothing Protects Black Women From Dying in Pregnancy and Childbirth (propublica.com)

Authors: Nina Martin, ProPublica, and Renee Montagne, NPR

Date: December 7, 2017

Black moms die in childbirth 3 times as often as white moms. Except in North Carolina. (vox.com)

Author: Julia Belluz

Date: July 3, 2017

Pregnant Women’s Medical Care Too Often Affected by Race (newsweek.com)

Author: Rebecca Grant

Date: July 3, 2016

Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor’s Reflections on Race and Medicine

Author: Damon Tweedy

Date: 2015

US Infant Mortality Stats (cdc.gov)

Wikipedia Profiles:


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