Helping Black families to grow and thrive

To reverse the nationwide trend of serious harm and death before, during, and after childbirth for Black and other parents from marginalized groups, Penn Medicine is taking bold action to improve maternal health and eliminate racial disparities.

Christina Hernandez Sherwood for Penn Medicine Magazine

In the News


Chester County mom, ovarian cancer survivor has miracle baby through surrogate

A Chester County woman and ovarian cancer survivor welcomed a new baby thanks to the help of a surrogate, with remarks from Clarisa Gracia of Penn Medicine.



Medication abortion case could set up another explosive Supreme Court ruling—but it may not look like last year’s

Courtney Schreiber of the Perelman School of Medicine warns about the consequences of restricting access to the abortion drug mifepristone.



Justice Department and abortion pill manufacturer ask appeals court to freeze judge’s order that could make drug unavailable after Friday

Courtney Schreiber of the Perelman School of Medicine says that some patients are unable to have procedural abortions due to their anatomy, while others might believe that abortion is no longer available or safe.


U.S. News & World Report

For pregnant women and their newborns, COVID vaccine offers better protection than prior infection

Researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia found that COVID vaccinations provide more robust protection for pregnant mothers than COVID infection, with a quote from CHOP’s Dustin Flannery.


MedPage Today

Revoke approval of preterm birth drug, FDA advisors say

Susan Ellenberg of the Perelman School of Medicine says that the FDA rejection of preterm birth drug 17-OHPC represents a return to square one.


The Atlantic

Don’t pay for cord-blood banking

Steve Joffe of the Perelman School of Medicine says that the rarity of cord blood use doesn’t lend itself to a successful business model for private cord blood banks.