Maternal morbidity and mortality rates in the United States are increasing, and nowhere in the country are they as high as in Georgia. While rates spike across the state, the rate of Black maternal mortality is the most severe. This public health crisis is made even more devastating by the painful truth that most pregnancy-related deaths are preventable. To properly address Black maternal mortality, it requires a policy approach that extends from education to workplaces to health care, and into every sector of our lives. It requires a policy approach that addresses the intersections of what happens in our schools, at our offices, and at our doctors. The health care system cannot be treated in isolation, because the reasons behind this crisis do not exist in isolation.
We had the privilege of working with the women of NCNW Spelman Section on the creation of this Policy Pack Supplement for their Black Maternal Health Week. We thank them for allowing us to share in the power of their leadership. Download the Policy Pack Here