This week, California Watch published the latest in a series of maternal health articles by reporter Nathanael Johnson. In the story, "As early elective births increase so do health risks for mother, child," Johnson finds that women are giving birth sooner than ever. The time a fetus spends in the womb has dropped by seven days during the past two decades.
The piece is the product of the California Watch and the Center for Investigative Reporting’s new partnership with American Public Media’s Public Insight Network, which provides more than 96,000 individuals from across the country a direct channel for sharing their knowledge, experiences and insights with our reporters. The Public Insight Network allows us to have access to these potential sources, as well as the technology to identify trends and collaborate with other journalists nationwide.
Last month, we asked parents in the Public Insight Network to share their experiences with cesarean sections. The questionnaire elicited responses from more than 300 women, many of whom said their doctors had suggested early births. And you’ll be able to read about their experiences in Johnson’s article.
In the new year, California Watch will continue to turn to our readers and the Public Insight Network to help inform, deepen and diversify our reporting. To join the Public Insight Network at California Watch, click here. You can currently contribute by answering a few questions about your K-12 school’s earthquake preparedness.