As awareness about rising maternal mortality rates and racial inequity in maternal health continues to grow, black people must continue to lead on black maternal health with ample financial resources to do so.
You don’t have to be a doctor, midwife, nurse, or doula to make a difference.
In an election year that will determine whether the political tides will change, advocates are wary of empty promises.
There are three key actions that can propel this movement for Black maternal health, rights, and justice forward: Listen to Black women, trust Black women, and invest in Black women.
Gentrification greatly contributes to the displacement and housing instability of people of color.
We can’t solve America’s maternal-health problem without first acknowledging how racism harms black moms.
Black moms are three times more likely than white moms to die from pregnancy-related causes and are also at greater risk of pregnancy-related injury and death. We know that we need greater access to care, not less.
We march because we believe that all moms and their families have the right to affordable health care. Because we believe that all moms deserve to survive pregnancy and childbirth, regardless of class or race.
The answer to that question is not just relevant for Black birthing parents, but for all U.S. parents who aren’t doing that well compared to the rest of industrialized nations.
Environmental racism is the problem. Environmental justice can be the solution.