We Discuss Black Maternal Health!

For Black Maternal Health Week, we raise awareness about the disparities Black women face throughout their maternal health journey — conception, pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum. We showcase For Us, By Us innovations aimed to address inequities faced by Black women and celebrate Black motherhood. Watch. Read. Share. Advocate!

Our perspectives on Equity:  Black Maternal Health
Black Maternal Health

Issue: In the category of maternal health, the US ranks last among industrialized countries [1]. At the same time, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 3 in 5 pregnancy-related deaths are preventable [2].

Impact: In the Giving Voice to Mothers study, Black women were twice as likely than white women to report that a provider ignored them or refused their request for help in a timely manner [7]. During what’s supposed to be a time of joy and celebration, many Black women feel disrespected, unheard, and even silenced.

Innovation: Here are a few For Us, By Us solutions that address Black maternal health challenges, consider the multiple intersectionalities of Black Women and people, and showcase innovative approaches to social change: Black Mamas Matter · Commonsense Childbirth · bEarth Work · NATAL · Irth 

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