As advocates for motherhood, we recognize the significance of addressing gaps in maternal wellness to ensure that every mom receives the care and support she deserves. It is crucial that we acknowledge the shocking statistics surrounding pregnancy-related complications and deaths in our country.
Pregnant women in the United States are more than twice as likely to die from complications related to pregnancy or childbirth than those in most other high-income countries in the world. Thousands more have unexpected outcomes and situations resulting in serious health consequences for the woman and the child. Every pregnancy-related death is tragic, especially because more than 80% of pregnancy-related deaths in the U.S. are preventable. Recognizing urgent maternal warning signs, advocating for timely treatment, and supporting pregnant mothers can help prevent many pregnancy-related deaths.
As we celebrate Black History Month, it is paramount that we shine a spotlight on the critical issue of maternal wellness discrepancies affecting black women. While we commemorate the achievements and resilience of the Black community, it is equally essential to address the stark realities that persist within maternal healthcare. Black women face alarming disparities in maternal health outcomes, with higher rates of severe maternal morbidity and mortality. Understanding and acknowledging these discrepancies is not only a matter of health equity but also an act of empowerment.
This Black History Month, let us embark on a journey of awareness, advocacy, and support, ensuring that every woman, regardless of race, receives the care and attention she deserves during the transformative journey of motherhood.