Maternal Mortality

The Momnibus Act: Improving Black Maternal Health Outcomes by Increasing Doula and Midwifery Accessibility

By NWHN Staff | Mar 29, 2021 | Comments Off on The Momnibus Act: Improving Black Maternal Health Outcomes by Increasing Doula and Midwifery Accessibility

The United States has a penchant for being different even when different isn’t necessarily better. Though midwives are widely recognized around the world as the primary source of maternal health care, they only account for 8% of U.S. birth workers.

Why Is the Maternal Mortality Rate So High for Black Women?

By NWHN Staff | Apr 12, 2018 | Comments Off on Why Is the Maternal Mortality Rate So High for Black Women?

April 11-17 is Black Maternal Health Week, organized by the Black Mamas Matter Alliance. The campaign, which runs from April 11th through the 17th, aims to “amplify the voices of Black mamas, women, families, and stakeholders.” Black women’s exposure to…

Maternal Mortality Review – Each Death Matters

By NWHN Staff | Mar 27, 2015 | Comments Off on Maternal Mortality Review – Each Death Matters

The United States is one of few industrialized countries where maternal death rates are rising.1  Rates of maternal mortality in the United States are also higher among certain groups than others, including African-American women, who are three to four times more likely to die during pregnancy or childbirth than are White women.2 Sadly, the vast majority of these deaths are preventable.