This year, the Black Mamas Matter Alliance (BMMA) is celebrating its fourth annual Black Maternal Health Week (April 11-17). Black Maternal Health Week is a time for building awareness, activism, and communities and deepen the conversation about Black maternal health in the U.S. This year’s theme is “Black Mamas Matter: Claiming our Power, Resilience, and Liberation,” and will amplify community-driven policy, research, and care solutions and enhance community organizing on Black maternal health.
Following the observance week, BMMA will host their 2021 Black Maternal Health Conference featuring Black women, clinicians, professionals, advocates, and other stakeholders working to improve maternal health by using birth justice, reproductive justice, and human rights frameworks.
According to the CDC, approximately 700 women die each year in the U.S. as a result of pregnancy or delivery complications. Even more alarming are the racial and ethnic disparities that exist in pregnancy-related deaths. Black women are 2 to 3 times as likely to die from a pregnancy-related cause than white women.
To learn more or to download campaign materials and resources, visit the Black Maternal Health Week website.