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.
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Congress passed the Preventing Maternal Deaths Act, in December of 2018. This was an incredible, powerful and groundbreaking win for pregnant women and moms throughout our country! And it happened because of our incredible MomsRising members.
Standing Up for Maternal Health at Mom Congress 2019
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Keenan Anderson was killed at the hands of LAPD for trying obtain help for a non-violent event. Instead of treating him like the innocent man he was, the LAPD tased Keenan until he went into cardiac arrest and died. Keenan was an educator in the community and deserves justice. Join MomsRising to demand LA Mayor Bass not reappoint current LA Police Chief Moore.
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!
In today’s Reproductive Justice news, the Women's Health Protection Act Reintroduced! Join our movement: Urge Congress to protect access to abortion care.