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5 Organizations Supporting Black Maternal Health — Oh Baby

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This April 11-17 is the fifth annual Black Maternal Health Week. Systemic racism impacts marginalized people in many ways, and unfortunately pregnancy and birth are no exception. ⁣An absolutely terrifying fact is that maternal mortality rates are more than 3x higher for Black women compared with white women. Black women are also at higher risk of postpartum depression and anxiety disorders. This is one of the widest of all disparities in women’s health. One of the primary reasons this occurs is due to systemic barriers that prevent racialized communities from accessing health care and birthing support that is trusted and relatable. The following 5 organizations are committed to promoting equity in Black maternal health. If you’re able, we encourage you to donate to these organizations to support their ongoing efforts. Black Mamas Matter AllianceFounders of Black Maternal Health Week, Black Mamas Matter Alliance is a Black women-led cross-sectoral alliance. This organization centers Black mamas to advocate, drive research, build power, and shift culture for Black maternal health, rights, and justice.

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