KIPL Power Hour: Black Maternal Health

Health inequity in the US has become more apparent than ever before. The disturbing aspects of how disproportionately COVID hit populations of color yet another signal for how serious racism is and how it impacts health. The statistics further confirm the same outcomes for other areas, such as e.g. maternal healthcare. The United States has the worst maternal mortality rates overall compared to the developed countries, a fact that becomes even more alarming when looking at black maternal health. Black mothers are at least three times more likely to die from childbirth than white mothers and black babies have almost FOUR TIMES the mortality rate than their non-Hispanic white counterparts.

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Earlier this year, Democratic Senators Alma Adams (NC), Michael Bennet (CO) and Corey Booker (NJ) introduced the Black Maternal Momnibus Act of 2021, which includes 12 bills addressing racial and ethnic disparities towards saving more lives of Black Mothers and their children.  Join us as we hear from some of our community members to discuss what they’re seeing and what actions are being taken to address and improve the health outcomes for black mothers.

 
 

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