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.
Maternal mental health conditions affect over 800,000 U.S. women yearly. Low diagnosis & treatment rates contribute to making suicide a leading cause of death for new moms. Urge our leaders to do more to address this crisis!
Join us on March 14th for a virtual Maternal Mental Health Advocacy Day so that legislators can hear directly from families about why investing in maternal mental health is important!
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.
Tell the Senate to enact legislation addressing the Black maternal health crisis before the end of the year!
Tell your U.S. Senator to support critical investments in maternal health by enacting the Black Maternal Health Momnibus before they leave at the end of the year!