Black Maternal Health Week: Centering Black Women’s Leadership and Experiences

Black Maternal Health Week: Centering Black Women’s Leadership and Experiences

By: Dana Sherrod, MPH and Carol Kim, MPP

This week, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, organizations, advocates, and policymakers across the nation are virtually celebrating the third annual Black Maternal Health Week and deepening the conversation about Black maternal health in the U.S. While progress has been made, data shows that Black mothers and their babies disproportionately experience higher rates of adverse birth outcomes compared to other groups.

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Novel Coronavirus Guidance for Pregnant Women and New Moms Now Available from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health recently released new guidance for pregnant women/birthing persons and new moms related to preventing and addressing novel coronavirus/COVID-19. Although the guidance makes clear that there is still much to be learned about infection with novel coronavirus and pregnancy, it does provide information on what is known so far. In fact, it states that most pregnant women who have become sick during pregnancy have gone on to have babies that don't show signs of harm.

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Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Announces $1 Million Investment in Providing Doula Care to African American Women.

The Los Angeles County Department of Health (DPH), through funding from the state’s Whole Person Care Initiative, is launching a doula pilot designed to address the disproportionately high rates of Black/African American infant and maternal mortality in LA County.

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