By Dr. Sonal Patel
"The 4th trimester is three months after the birth of a baby more commonly referred to as postpartum. By relabeling it as the 4th trimester, society, science, and the medical community can better understand the massive changes mothers are going through while newborns are adjusting to the world outside the womb. The most alarming data in discussing the 4th trimester is the fact that we are losing more moms during this period than the first three trimesters combined. Dr. Sonal Patel explores the economic impact of losing moms during the 4th trimester, a solution that can reduce maternal mortality, and thus positively impact our national economy. Dr. Patel's journey started as a moment of exhaustion in her own 4th trimester courtesy of her 4 sons and now is creating a movement of truly understanding the socioeconomic impact of maternal mortality. Sonal Patel is a board-certified pediatrician, neonatologist, and breastfeeding specialist. Born in Lucknow, India, her family moved to Omaha, Nebraska when she was 9. She attended Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, from 1995-1999. She studied medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center graduating in 2003. She did her pediatric training at LSU in New Orleans, Louisiana. Thereafter, she pursued neonatology starting at LSU and finishing at Tufts University in Boston. She moved to Denver in 2009 and joined Denver Health as a Neonatologist. Through her professional and personal experiences, she noticed the gaps in postpartum care in Colorado. In 2017, she founded NayaCare: Newborn Speciality Clinic at Your Doorstep. She has been a guest on several podcasts and featured on local Denver 7News and 9News. Her articles on the 4th trimester and maternal mortality have been published in many journals. She debuted her first non-fiction book, The Doctor and Her Black Bag. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx"
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