Bias at Root of
Maternal Health Crisis
Real bias training for doctors, nurses and other medical professionals involved in reproductive health. Helping women to optimize their health before they become pregnant. Better engagement with the faith community on maternal and infant health initiatives.
These were among the recommendations participants shared during first lady Tammy Murphy’s 4th Annual Nurture NJ Black Maternal and Infant Health Leadership Summit. New Jersey has struggled with one of the nation’s highest maternal mortality rates and massive racial disparities and Murphy said Black mothers are seven times more likely to die from childbirth-related causes than white mothers in this state.
The Nurture NJ campaign developed a formal plan in early 2021 that identified nine areas (link) of opportunity to improve birth outcomes in New Jersey.
The current state budget includes new money to extend Medicaid coverage for pregnant individuals for a full year after they deliver and expand access to doula care. It also funds the launch of a universal home-visit program (link) for new moms, something that has been shown to reduce post-partum depression, maternal mortality and emergency care costs.
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Learn more about SPAN's Sister to Sister Community Doulas of Essex County Program Here