Foundation In The News 2018-04-20T19:58:03+00:00


  • Experts Urge Support of Bills to Combat Maternal Mortality
    MedPage Today, Molly Walker, 4/19/2018
    This article summarizes the Capitol Hill briefing that the Tatia Oden French Memorial Foundation hosted on Thursday, April 19, in an effort to urge lawmakers to pass  H.R. 1318 (Preventing Maternal Deaths Act) and of S. 1112 (Maternal Health Accountability Act). The briefing featured Anne Loirette of Timéo et les Autres, Jennie Joseph of Commonsense Childbirth and creator of The JJ Way (via a pre-recorded video), Dr. Michael Lu of George Washington University, Shanna Cox of CDC’s Division of Reproductive Health, and Claudia Booker, a certified midwife.
  • There’s No Success Story Texas Can Follow To Stop Black Mothers From Dying
    NPR Austin
    In this third article in a three-part series by Austin’s NPR station, the issue of racial disparity in U.S. maternal care is explored. Maddy’s story is featured to shed light on racism that exists in U.S. maternal care. Elliott Main, Director of the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative, discusses how while California has successfully reduced their rates of maternal mortality, the gap between white and black women still remains such as in Texas it is 10 times higher and in New York it is 12 times higher. Danielle Turner, a physician’s assistant and doula, states that one of the reasons black women may fare worse during pregnancy is that “sometimes medical professionals don’t really listen to black women.
  • Cytotec – A Mother’s Petition to the FDA: Doctors Must Inform Patients Of Labor-Induction Drug’s Dangers
    Café Mom
    Patti of Café Mom, urges women to sign the FDA Petition that the Tatia Oden French Foundation has created. The statement includes supporting evidence of the dangers of Cytotec and the lack of informed consent on part of obstetricians, gynecologists, nurses, and other health providers.
  • Cytotec and the FDA
    Midwifery Today, Ina May Gaskin
    Founder and Editor of Midwifery Today, Ina May Gaskin, investigated the safety of the drug Cytotec. The report details the dangers of Cytotec with supporting evidence from two established stories and several anecdotes from victims.
  • Episode 56 (Epilogue): Maternal Mortality
    Maternally Yours
    Editor of Maternally Yours discusses maternal mortality in the United States. The article talks about how maternal mortality rates have doubled in the past twenty years and why it’s more dangerous to give birth in the United States than in 49 other nations.
  • Black Birth and Maternal Mortality in the U.S.A.
    National Parenting Tips Radio
    Shanta interviewed Maddy Oden, Mother of Tatia Oden and founder of The Tatia Oden French Memorial Foundation, on the topic of maternal mortality.
  • The Ultimate Price of Unnecessary Interventions: Part 1
    Mothers Advocate Blog
    Maddy Oden was interviewed by Mothers Advocate Blog, on her experience with maternal mortality, the Safe Motherhood Quilt Project and what steps are needed to be taken to stay informed.
  • Update on Spin Doctoring Misoprostol (Cytotec): Unsafe at Any Dose
    Lamaze International – Science & Sensibility Blog, Henci Goer
    Editor Henci Goer, of Lamaze International- Science & Sensibility, talks about the time she argued against ACOG’s current position on inducing labor with Misoprostol. She then further discusses her education and research on the issue of childbirth safety.
  • Speaking Out for Maternal Health in San Francisco
    Amnesty International – Human Rights Now Blog, Jason Disterhoft
    San Francisco hosted AIUSA’s maternal health speakers tour where Maddy Oden, founder of the Tatia Oden French Memorial Foundation, shared the intimate story of the loss of her daughter, Tatia, after an induced labor at a respected San Francisco Bay Area hospital.
  • Pregnancy-related death rate on the rise
    SF Gate, Nathanael Johnson
    This is a reprint of the story from California Watch; Nathanael Johnson discusses the increasing maternal mortality rate in California women and C-section increase; along with real stories and how we can help the issue.
  • More women dying from pregnancy complications; state holds on to report
    California Watch, Nathanael Johnson
    Nathanael Johnson discusses the increasing maternal mortality rate in California women and C-section increase; along with real stories and how we can help the issue.
  • Bloggers prepare to raise their voices for The Melanie Blocker Stokes MOTHERS Act!
    Perinatal Pro
    Bloggers and Websites are standing with The Melanie Stokes MOTHERS Act and are asking people to call their Senators with support for S324. The request also involves viewers adding their name to the state by state constitution petition, which the Tatia Oden French Foundation signed.
  • Activist Maddy Oden
    Conscious Woman
    Conscious Woman’s blogger, Raquel, shares Maddy Oden’s story about her daughter, Tatia Oden French, and the Tatia Oden French Memorial Foundation.
  • Labor drug spurs protest of ACOG
    The Washington Times
    Grass-roots women’s group, The Women Educating Cytotec Awareness Nationwide, decided upon the American College of Gynecologists and Obstetrician conference to protest Cytotec. Maddy Oden is quoted throughout the article against the use of Cytotec.
  • Ending the silence / FDA moves to warn patients of drugs’ possible side effects
    SF Gate, Bernadette Tansey
    Tansey reports about the online initiative to get federal drug regulators to warn against Cytotec. The reporter shares Maddy Oden’s story and information about Drug Watch, a bill that aims to ensure patients are supplied with easy to understand drug safety information.
  • Psychologist, Tatia Malika Oden French, dies in childbirth
    The Berkeley Daily Planet
    This is the obituary that was written about Tatia Malika Oden when she passed away.