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Monday, December 13, 2021

The Black Maternal Health Omnibus Act

According to a recent article published in an online newsletter black women are more likely to DIE during childbirth than any other women?

"The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention determined that between 2014 and 2017 non-Hispanic Black people experienced 41.7 pregnancy-related deaths per 100,000 live births. That’s compared with a ratio of 28.3 deaths per 100,000 live births for non-Hispanic Indigenous American and Alaskan Native people,13.8 deaths per 100,000 for Asian and Pacific Islander people, 13.4 deaths for non-Hispanic White people and 11.6 deaths for Hispanic or Latino people."  

According to The 19th"  an online newsletter ".... solutions recommended by experts that can support the health and economic needs for pregnant and postpartum people. When it comes to policy, the paper cites the Black Maternal Health Omnibus Act of 2021, a 12-bill package spearheaded by Congresswoman Lauren Underwood. Last month, President Joe Biden signed the first piece of legislation from the package. The set of bills pushes for a holistic approach to addressing maternal health gaps that include increasing research and data collection, designating a task force to develop a strategy to address social determinants of maternal health, investing in a diverse workforce dedicated to maternal health, and extending the postpartum eligibility for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program."