Black Women are 2.2 Times More Likely to Die From Pregnancy Complications Than White Women

Black Women are 2.2 Times More Likely to Die From Pregnancy Complications Than White Women– Maternal mortality among black women is much worse than white women. Learn how we can all raise awareness about maternal mortality right here on Newsymom!

This informational campaign comes to you in partnership with the Stark County Community Action Agency.

Each year, approximately 2,000 Ohio women will experience a severe maternal morbidity: an unexpected complication from labor and delivery that causes significant damage to a mother’s health, whether short- or long-term. Of those 2,000, 21 women will die. 

Within those numbers, Black mothers are 2.2 times more likely to die from complications than White mothers. (Pregnancy-Associated Mortality Review, PAMR Fact Sheet) Let’s spread awareness of maternal mortality by taking a look at these resources:

Hear Her Campaign

The CDC’s Hear Her Campaign brings awareness to symptoms that mothers experience so they can get the support and help they need! Check out this video and share to spread awareness:

Maternal Mental Health Leadership Alliance

The Maternal Mental Health Leadership Alliance (MMHLA) is a nonpartisan 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the mental health of mothers and childbearing people in the United States with a focus on national policy and health equity. They’re making change happen by working with policymakers to lead to better outcomes for all mothers!

Black women are the most undertreated group for depression in the United States! View more facts on the MMHLA Fact Sheet.
Black Mamas Matter Alliance

The Black Mamas Matter Alliance is a Black women-led cross-sectoral alliance that centers Black mamas and birthing people to advocate, drive research, build power, and shift culture for Black maternal health, rights, and justice. They’re making moves in the entire realm of maternal and reproductive health!

The Black Maternal Health Momnibus

The Black Maternal Health Momnibus is a vital piece of legislation that aims to address maternal health in the United States. It was re-introduced to Congress in February 2021 and provisions have been included in President Biden’s Build Back Better plan!

You Can Be the Difference to Save a Mama’s Life!

The best thing you can do is spread awareness! Take action by sharing any (or all) of the resources above. This way, you and your friends know what symptoms to look out for with the mamas we know. If you see something, say something! It could mean the difference between a mama living or dying.

If you’re a mama in Stark County and find yourself needing some support, the SCCAA Community Actions Pathway HUB is the place to go! They provide help to pregnant or new mamas needing help with some of these motherhood challenges:

  • Rides to your doctor appointment
  • Needing baby items like cribs or diapers
  • Assistance with your other children
  • And so much more!

For more information, contact the Community Action Pathways HUB at (330) 454-1676 x. 153. 

Melissa Klatt


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