There’s a public health crisis…
While injury and death rates are distressingly high for US women of all races, those rates among women of color are shocking. In fact, according to the National Partnership for Women and Families, black women in the US are more likely to die during pregnancy and childbirth than women of any other race. Even more tragic is the fact that more than half of the pregnancy-related injuries and deaths are preventable.
Resources for Black Mothers
Why do women of color suffer maternal injuries and death at such a high rate? There are a number of reasons. Because black women overall have less access to affordable healthcare and contraception, they experience a higher rate of unintended pregnancies when compared to other racial populations.
Black women tend to have less or poorer quality prenatal care. They tend to develop preeclampsia (high blood pressure) earlier in their pregnancies, and they’re more prone to fibroids, which can cause hemorrhaging after delivery.
Learn more about the community programs and resources available for black mothers below.