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.
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.
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With rising food costs, and increased program participation, it is more critical than ever that we strengthen and protect WIC! Sign our letter to Congress now.
No mother should have to grieve the loss of a pregnancy and face charges for the loss of that pregnancy. Brittany Watts, a Black mother of 3, who had every intention of carrying her pregnancy to term is unduly charged with abuse to a fetus.
The 67 million taxpayer dollars are going to Cop City should be invested in schools, housing, resources, and in making Atlanta stronger. If built, Cop City would be the largest police training center in the United States.
Police violence continues to destroy and erode our communities on a daily basis.In 2023 alone, there have been only 11 days where the police have not killed a civilian². According to current mappings of police violence, 2023 is at the same rate of police killings as 2022 and is expected to surpass the total from 2022. MomsRising wants to hear your story about safety and policing in your communities and what you want to change. These stories are a chance to show legislators the real impacts of policing and the importance of investing in communities.