What is Maternal Justice?
Evidence-based, Trauma-Informed, Culturally Competent Standards of Health Care.
Maternal Mortality Crisis
The United States has the worst maternal death rates of any developed country. Black women are three to four times more likely to die from pregnancy complications than white women, independent of age, parity or education. Every year in this country, 700 - 900 women die from pregnancy or childbirth-related causes, and some 65,000 suffer severe complications. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 60 percent of maternal deaths in this country are preventable. And, according to the World Health Organization, we are the ONLY industrialized nation in the world where maternal deaths are rising, not falling.
Our team continues to work hard to make maternal mortality, and specifically the crisis in Black maternal health a key issue for leaders on the local, state, and national levels. Check out our factsheet to learn more about why we must address maternal mortality and morbidity in the United States.
Up to 1 in 5 women suffer from maternal mental health disorders like depression or anxiety in the U.S.
60% of maternal deaths can be prevented and infant mortality reduced with investment in public policies and culturally competent care. Sign our letter now to the Senate in support of saving lives, maternal health, and birth equity! #BMHW22
60% of maternal deaths can be prevented and infant mortality reduced with investment in public policies and culturally competent care. Together we can tackle this crisis. Urge Congress to support historic investments in the Build Back Better Act to save the lives of moms and babies.
23,500 babies (65 a day) are stillborn every year in the United States. It doesn't have to be this way - we can do something about it―right now!