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He then presumably added to the acrimony by hiring a woman recently divorced from a member of the Stephan clan to handle his marketing. The anger building up between the parties resulted in back and forth attacks. The new marketing manager claims she was stalked and intimidated by the Stephans, although charges were never filed. In his own affidavit, Anthony Stephan accused Hardy of slanderous mudslinging. In , he told the now-defunct magazine Alberta Report that what had truly pushed his sick wife over the edge was the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency.

Initially, it was the tragic tale of a mother, hounded to death by the taxman; in later tellings, the woman became the victim of a cruel cocktail of medication. The original, captured on film in a Radio-Canada documentary show, Zone Libre, was flat, rough-hewn and covered in pink flowers. When it appeared in the documentary Letters from Generation Rx 15 years later, it had been replaced, conceivably as a loving tribute by a better-off Stephan family — but with an inscription that could read as a marketing line for EMPowerplus.

He is active on social media, too, frequently posting inspiring memes about living well, and news stories casting doubt on vaccines or GMO foods. His wife, Collet, also worked at the company before becoming a stay-at-home mom after the birth of their first son. The next year they were charged with failure to provide the necessaries of life. Long missives appeared on a Prayers for Ezekiel Stephan Facebook group that implied Health Canada might be interfering with the case, retaliation for losing its court battle all those years ago. To defend them in the criminal proceeding the family even hired Shawn Buckley, the same lawyer who represented Anthony in his case against Health Canada.

But these claims are at odds with the findings of the medical examiner who performed a postmortem on Ezekiel. The legal question jurors were required to answer was whether or not the parents accessed medical care quickly enough, given the information they had at the time. The flood gates have now been opened and if we do not fall in line with parenting as seen fit by the government, we all stand in risk of criminal prosecution.

By all accounts, Ezekiel appears to have been a bright and healthy child before he caught meningitis in Collet had never had him vaccinated, nor taken him to see a doctor. She delivered him at home during a water birth, with a birth attendant who was also a registered nurse. On Feb. His parents asked a family friend, the birth attendant, to listen to him on the phone. She suggested it could be a case of croup, a viral illness that is typically left untreated unless it becomes severe.

David and Collet treated Ezekiel with fresh air and a humidifier. His appetite waned, and Collet and David were forced to use an eyedropper to give him fluids. Then, on March 5, Ezekiel seemed to have at least partially recovered. He went to preschool and ate solid food for the first time in a week. She thought this might be related to his lack of food. Then again, between March 7 and March 10, Ezekiel seemed to improve and herbal remedies were stopped.

On March 11, however, he worsened once more. He would not eat or drink. He was lethargic and his body grew stiff. By March 12, he was so stiff that his back arched and the parents called their nurse and birth attendant back. She told the court she thought Ezekiel could have meningitis, and told David and Collet to take him to a doctor. Instead, they gave him an electrolyte and amino-acid supplement, called Total Reload, and treated him with olive-leaf extract, garlic and methylsulfonylmethane, They also called a naturopath in Lethbridge who suggested a supplement called BLAST.

The family put him on a mattress in the back of the car. They did not take him to a doctor. At that evening, though, Ezekiel was having so much trouble breathing, David and Collet called — as they were living in a remote area, they decided to drive him to the hospital, placing him, again, on the mattress in their car.

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En route, the child stopped breathing, and Collet began to give him chest compressions and emergency breathing as they called ; now they drove to meet the ambulance. They gave the child CPR for 10 minutes, but he was blue by the time they met the ambulance. Physicians are obliged to report cases of suspected neglect or abuse. Then the unthinkable had happened. Three weeks after giving birth, Shalon had collapsed and died. The sadness in the chapel was crushing.

Wanda Irving had been especially close to her daughter —role model, traveling companion, emotional touchstone. She sat in the front row in a black suit and veiled hat, her face a portrait of unfathomable grief. Sometimes she held Soleil, fussing with her pink blanket. When you remember this child, you remember the love that God has pushed down through her for all of us. Soleil is our gift. The researcher working to eradicate disparities in health access and outcomes had become a symbol of one of the most troublesome health disparities facing black women in the U.

The main federal agency seeking to understand why so many American women — especially black women — die and nearly die from complications of pregnancy and childbirth had lost one of its own.

When Tragedy Strikes: The Out-Of-Body Travel Foundation Journal: Issue Seven (Unabridged)

Two members of the U. Then they folded it into a precise triangle small enough for Wanda and Samuel to hold next to their hearts. In recent years, as high rates of maternal mortality in the U. According to the CDC, black mothers in the U. Put another way, a black woman is 22 percent more likely to die from heart disease than a white woman, 71 percent more likely to perish from cervical cancer, but percent more likely to die from pregnancy- or childbirth-related causes.

In a national study of five medical complications that are common causes of maternal death and injury, black women were two to three times more likely to die than white women who had the same condition.


That imbalance has persisted for decades, and in some places, it continues to grow. In New York City, for example, black mothers are 12 times more likely to die than white mothers, according to the most recent data; from to , their risk of death was seven times higher. Researchers say that widening gap reflects a dramatic improvement for white women but not for blacks. The disproportionate toll on African Americans is the main reason the U. Black expectant and new mothers in the U. Again, New York City offers a startling example: A analysis of five years of data found that black college-educated mothers who gave birth in local hospitals were more likely to suffer severe complications of pregnancy or childbirth than white women who never graduated from high school.

The systemic problems start with the type of social inequities that Shalon studied — differential access to healthy food and clean drinking water, safe neighborhoods and good schools, decent jobs and reliable transportation. Black women are more likely to be uninsured outside of pregnancy, when Medicaid kicks in, and thus more likely to start prenatal care later and to lose coverage in the postpartum period. They are more likely to have chronic conditions such as obesity, diabetes, and hypertension that make having a baby more dangerous.

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The hospitals where they give birth are often the products of historical segregation, lower in quality than those where white mothers deliver, with significantly higher rates of life-threatening complications. Those problems are amplified by unconscious biases that are embedded throughout the medical system, affecting quality of care in stark and subtle ways.

In the more than stories of African-American mothers that ProPublica and NPR have collected over the past year , the feeling of being devalued and disrespected by medical providers was a constant theme. The young Florida mother-to-be whose breathing problems were blamed on obesity when in fact her lungs were filling with fluid and her heart was failing. The Arizona mother whose anesthesiologist assumed she smoked marijuana because of the way she did her hair. Over and over, black women told of medical providers who equated being African American with being poor, uneducated, noncompliant and unworthy.

Hakima Tafunzi Payne, a mother of nine in Kansas City, Missouri, who used to be a labor-and-delivery nurse and still attends births as a student midwife, has seen this cultural divide as both patient and caregiver. Blacks make up 6 percent of doctors though 11 percent of OB-GYNs , 3 percent of medical school faculty and less than 2 percent of National Institutes of Health-funded principal investigators. An expanding field of research shows that the stress of being a black woman in American society can take a significant physical toll during pregnancy and childbirth.

Stress has been linked to one of the most common and consequential pregnancy complications, preterm birth. Black women are 49 percent more likely than whites to deliver prematurely and, closely related, black infants are twice as likely as white babies to die before their first birthday.

Maternal age is an important risk factor for many severe pregnancy-related complications, as well as for chronic diseases that can affect pregnancy, like hypertension. This means that for black women, the risks for pregnancy likely start at an earlier age than many clinicians — and women— realize, and the effects on their bodies may be much greater than for white women.

Should doctors and clinicians be taking into consideration this added layer of vulnerability? Even in its current liberal incarnation , Portland is one of the whitest large cities in the U.