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Black Mamas Matter! Building a Human Rights Movement for Maternal Health in the U.S.

By Katrina Anderson and Pilar Herrero, Center for Reproductive Rights Today, women in the U.S. are actually more likely to die as a result of pregnancy or childbirth complications than they were two decades ago, and Black women are nearly four times more likely to die than White women. These trends are a wake-up call that rising maternal mortality and morbidity is not only an issue for women outside our borders – it is a domestic human rights crisis...read more

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AIM Program | Moving Forward to End Preventable Maternal Mortality

By Kisha D. Semenuk, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists In the United States Black women will experience 3-4x more severe maternal complications than white women and overall the majority of maternal deaths are preventable. To tackle the rising maternal mortality and morbidity rates in the United States, the Maternal-Child Health Bureau (MCHB) has funded a national maternal safety and quality improvement initiative, known as the Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (AIM) Program. The overarching goals of the AIM Program are to prevent 1,000 maternal deaths and 100,000 severe maternal complications in the U.S. by the end of 2018... read more

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What Explains the United States’ Dismal Maternal Mortality Rates?

This post is part of “Inequities in Maternal Mortality in the U.S.,” a blog series hosted by the MHTF. On the world stage, the United States is an outlier for many reasons, some good, some bad. Few are more alarming, however, than maternal health. Despite spending two and half times more per person on health... read more

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What I Know About Black Mothers

This post is part of “Inequities in Maternal Mortality in the U.S.,” a blog series hosted by the MHTF. We’ve heard it all before. Health disparities continue to affect people of color at disproportionate rates, and disparities in deaths related to pregnancy and childbirth are no exception. The leading causes of maternal mortality among Black... read more

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Doulas Addressing Disparities in Health Care in NYC and Beyond

By Nan Strauss, Director of Policy and Research, Choices in Childbirth As is true worldwide, strategies to improve U.S. maternal health are widely known but remain unavailable to many women. New York City (NYC), known for its prestigious medical schools and high quality specialty care, is no exception to these disparities. Statistics signal the need for change. The maternal mortality ratio in NYC has exceeded the national average for 40 years and racial disparities in pregnancy-related deaths also surpass national rates. Newly released department of health data show that from 2006 through 2010, black women in NYC were 12 times as likely to suffer a pregnancy-related death as white women... read more

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Sobering Statistics About Giving Birth in the United States

By Priya Agrawal, Executive Director, Merck for Mothers It’s hard to believe that the United States (U.S.) ranks 46th in the world when it comes to the rate of women dying from pregnancy and childbirth complications. Our country’s maternal mortality statistics are the worst of all industrialized countries, and we also lag behind Kazakhstan, Libya and Qatar... read more

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