Black Maternal Health Caucus Holds Stakeholder Summit at the Capitol

Last Thursday afternoon, the Black Maternal Health Caucus (BMHC), composed of Congress members, such as co-founders Lauren Underwood (IL-14) and Alma Adams (NC-12), Jackie Speier (CA-14), and Ilhan Omar (MN-5), gathered to hear the opinions of the stakeholders involved in developing a course of action to how to best deal with the issue of discrepancies in the maternal mortality rates for Black women. Many organizations were present, ranging from Planned Parenthood and the American Medical Association to SisterSong and the Black Mamas Matter Alliance. The BMHC was founded on April 9th of this year to increase awareness of Black maternal health and to develop strategies to provide more culturally-competent care. For the United States as a whole, the maternal mortality rate has actually increased by 26% from 2000 to 2014 and currently has the highest mortality rate of the industrialized nations. The outcomes worsen when taking into account race: Black women are three to four times more likely to die of pregnancy complications than non-Hispanic white women. In New York, Black women are 12 times more likely to die from complications. The range of organizations present showed that solving this issue will require the work of those across many fields […]

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