Democrats Working to Combat Black Maternal Health Disparities

Democrats Working to Combat Black Maternal Health Disparities

Democrats Working to Combat Black Maternal Health Disparities 918 1366 Kim Beck

FACT! 

Black Maternal Health Week is April 11-17. In the US, Black women face higher risks than White women during and after pregnancy.

  • Black women are 3X as likely to die in childbirth than White women
  • Black women are 2X as likely to lose an infant to premature death as White women
  • Postpartum depression is 1.6X higher for Black women than White women
  • The United States is the only developed country with a rising maternal mortality rate (89% higher in 2021 than in 2018)

Democratic lawmakers are addressing these unacceptable facts.

  • In Congress, Reps Alma Adams and Lauren Underwood formed the Black Maternal Health Caucus and to create change through the Momnibus Act
  • In New York, Gov Hochul signed the Community Doula Directory, a bill sponsored by NYS Senator Samra Brouk which will ensure that doula care is more accessible to families who need it  
  • The Biden-Harris administration created a Blueprint For Addressing the Maternal Health Crisis to increase access to high quality maternal healthcare

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