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​​​​​​​August 8, 2019, 2:00 PM ET: Black Women and Maternal Care: Redesigning for Safety, Dignity, and Respect

  • Joia Crear-Perry, MD, FACOG, Founder and President, National Birth Equity Collaborative
  • Ebony Marcelle, CNM, MS, FACNM, Director of Midwifery, Community of Hope
  • Kiddada Green, MAT, Founding Executive Director, Black Mothers’ Breastfeeding Association (BMBFA)    
  • Shannon Welch, MPH, Project Director, Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)
A significant rise in maternal deaths in the United States​, especially among black women, has recently gotten a lot of public attention. According to the US ​Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC​)​ acute events tied to childbirth, including strokes, severe bleeding, sudden hypertension and infection, are contributing to the upward trend. Experts also point to other factors putting black women, in particular, at risk: racism and implicit bias within health care, the daily struggles of poverty, and disregard for pregnant women's knowledge about their own bodies and potentially dangerous symptoms.

With lives at stake and glaring racial disparities – for example, black women in New York City have an eight to 12 times greater likelihood of dying from pregnancy-related complications compared to white women — there are renewed calls for reliably implementing known, evidence-based practices​ to prevent medical problems or to better anticipate those that may arise.

There's also a new emphasis on partnering with black women and trusted community groups to design solutions for more respectful, dignified, pregnancy experiences. It's this critical piece of the puzzle that we'll learn more about on the August 8 WIHI: Black Women and Maternal Care: Redesigning for Safety, Dignity, and Respect.

Dr. Joia Crear-Perry will lay out the issues that have led to birth inequities in the US and the way forward to solving them. Ebony Marcelle and Kiddada Green will describe important changes their groups are each testing to offer pregnant black women greater support and stability in Washington, DC and Detroit.

IHI's Shannon Welch will describe the multi-year grant funded initiative that's enabling IHI to support these efforts and much more. IHI CEO Derek Feeley has issued a special appeal to health system leaders to engage more with maternal mortality. Read his blog post​ and please join the August 8 WIHI. 

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