Friday, February 2nd 2018

Season 2 Episode 23: Something in the water


Excerpt: Join Kate as she talks to grad student Holly Horan from her fieldwork in Puerto Rico on the effects of stress on pregnancy and preterm birth. Show notes can be found at kateclancy.com/period23. And don’t forget to use coupon code “periodpodcast” for 50% off your order at elleboxco.com!

Summary: I was lucky enough to meet Holly Horan a few years ago when I was out at Oregon State giving a talk. I then invited her advisor, Melissa Cheyney, and Holly, to be part of a symposium at last year’s American Association of Physical Anthropology. We got to talking after the symposium, and of course Holly quickly became another one of my podcast victims. I am excited to share our conversation with you all in today’s episode.

Holly Horan has a masters degree in medical anthropology and is a doctoral candidate in applied anthropology at Oregon State University. In her non-academic life, she is a birth and postpartum doula, this is a professional who provides non-clinical prenatal, labor, and postpartum support to pregnant individuals and their families. Holly is currently conducting her dissertation research in Puerto Rico, studying the relationship between perceived maternal stress and gestational age at delivery. She is involved in a variety of maternal and infant health research projects both in the states and in Puerto Rico, but is still very much in the “gestational phase” of her professional career. Most importantly, she is a mother to one of the best research assistants around, her two year old daughter, Naya Thoreau.

Holly’s work in Puerto Rico is motivated by the fact that Puerto Rico has a high rate of preterm births, as well as her lived experience as a member of a mixed race household, with a Puerto Rican mother who herself experienced several preterm births. Her work demonstrates the limits of understanding health disparities through simple genetic explanations – the idea that genetic differences explain variation in health – as well as access issues – the idea that health care access are the main reason for health disparities. Rather, psychosocial stress, the kind that comes from every day slights and discrimination, has been shown to play the biggest role in creating differences in the health between racial groups. So, is there “something in the water” that helps us understand variation in health? Yes, but it’s not as easy to measure as you might think.

Holly Horan, medical anthropologist.

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Friday, January 26th 2018

Season 2 Episode 22: Bleeding at work


Excerpt: Kate talks to Dr. Andrea Ichino about data indicating that some women miss work in a cyclical pattern. Is the problem the data, the interpretation, the way we view women, or the way we view the workplace?

Summary: This week Dr. Andrea Ichino was kind enough to talk to me about women at work. Some data suggests that a subset of women miss work in a cyclical pattern, suggesting PMS might be keeping some of them at home. Is this research right? Is it true across cultures? And what does it mean for how we understand women in the workplace?

As you might expect, I have some strong opinions about this, and Dr. Ichino was a gracious guest. This topic is especially dear to me these days, as I recently had a Twitter thread go viral where I detailed a fairly sanitized version of my physical postpartum experience (yes, it mentions fissures, and yes, compared to what I went through that accounting is in fact quite sanitized!) and the complications I experienced as I tried to return to work. I never thought I’d have my hemorrhoids talked about on Scarymommy, but there you go. You can hear my sister and I talk more about this in Episode 19, and in my interview for my local NPR station WILL’s The 21st Show.

Dr. Ichino is a Professor of Economics at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. He obtained his PhD at MIT in 1990. Since then he has taught at Bocconi University, at the University of Bologna and at the EUI. His main research interests and publications are in the fields of labor economics and the economics of education. He is a Fellow of the European Association of Labor Economics and a Managing Editor of Economic Policy. For more information, you can visit www.andreaichino.it.

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Thursday, January 25th 2018

Season 2 Episode 21: Keep the babies away


Excerpt: Kate talks to Dr. Jessica Kiley about periods and contraception, with a particular focus on long-acting contraception. Consider an implant and become a biohacker ahead of the Silicon Valley dudebros!

Summary: I was lucky enough to meet Dr. Jessica Kiley in the summer of 2017 when I was up at Northwestern to give a talk. Her research interests and clinical practice were fascinating, and I knew I had to have her on the podcast, not least of all because I need to better represent the many people who want insight into how to not have a baby!

Dr. Kiley and I had a really lovely conversation – I would consider myself lucky to have her as a doctor. Have a listen to learn more about long-term contraception options – you have many more options than a hormonal IUD (though that’s also a great option).

Jessica Kiley, MD, MPH, OBGYN

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