The facts on maternal morbility and mortality.
Every pregnancy-related death is tragic, especially because two in three of them are preventable. Recognizing the warning signs and providing timely treatment and quality care can prevent many pregnancy-related deaths.
Disparity in maternal health care: What you need to know
Multiple factors contribute to disparities in maternal health care, such as variation in quality healthcare, underlying chronic conditions, structural racism, and implicit bias. Social determinants of health have historically prevented many people from racial and ethnic minority groups from having fair opportunities for economic, physical, and emotional health.
Birth Justice Resources
Jenny Joseph’s Commonsense Childbirth: The JJ Way
March of Dimes Fact Sheet “Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Birth Outcomes”
National Association to Advance Black Birth (formerly the International Center for Traditional
National Black Equity Coalition
Othering & Belonging Institute at UC Berkeley: Diversity and Health Disparities (formerly the Haas Institute)
Invisible Visits: Black Middle-Class Women in the American Healthcare System. Tina Sacks, Oxford UP, 2019 Interview “Why Black Women Dread the Doctor’s Office”
SisterSong Reproductive Justice Framework
Birthing Justice: Black Women, Pregnancy, and Childbirth. Ed by Julia Chinyere Oparah and Alicia Bonaparte. Routledge, 2016.
Battling Over Birth: Black Women & the Maternal Health Care Crisis in California. Ed by Julia Chinyere Oparah, et al. Praeclarus Press, 2017.
Resources about Understanding & Addressing Racism by Debbie Irving.
Waking Up White by Dayna Bowen Matthew, Elephant Room Press, 2014.
Just Medicine: A Cure for Racial Inequality in American Health Care, by Dorothy E. Roberts, NYU Press, 2015
Fatal Intervention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-create Race in the Twenty-First Century. The New Press, 2012
Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty. Vintage, 1999
Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Random House, 2015.
Peggy McIntosh. “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack”. Peace and Freedom Magazine, July/August, 1989, pp. 10-12. Learn more