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Episode 6: Global Maternal Health

In this week's episode, Cara is joined by Dr. Pandora Hardtman, CNM, FACNM, FAAN, to discuss various aspects of maternal health in the US and internationally. Pandora shares her extensive experience working in maternal health both nationally and globally, emphasizing the impact of the diverse US culture on maternal health outcomes. She highlights the importance of maternal healthcare providers adopting a comprehensive, 360-degree approach to care. Cara and Pandora compare maternal health practices in the US with those internationally and explore the historical evolution and balance between natural home births and medicated hospital births.

Dr. Pandora Hardtman, CNM, FACNM, FAAN, is the Chief Nursing & Midwifery Officer of Jhpiego with over three decades of global experience. She has served in roles ranging from homebirth practitioner to adjunct professor. A former ICM Board Member, she is a fellow of the American College of Nurse-Midwives and the American Academy of Nursing. Dr. Hardtman collaborates with Ministries of Health and nursing organizations to provide strategic direction for global programs. Her expertise includes regulatory processes, curriculum development, and workforce capacitation, with a commitment to diverse practices in metropolitan areas. She advocates for midwives to push for systemic change.