the Problem
the Statistics
the Outcome

Here in San Joaquin County and across the U.S., Black/African American moms and babies are dying at an alarming rate, much more often than those from other ethnic groups. It's unacceptable.

A mother's experience during and after pregnancy affects their health and their baby's.

Factors that negatively impact survival rates for Black/African American mothers and babies include:

  • Repeated incidents of racism
  • Fewer financial resources
  • Inadequate prenatal care
  • Lack of proper nutrition
  • Mental distress from personal and external sources
  • Substance abuse

Black/African American mothers are nearly three times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes than Whites, Hispanics, and Asians.

Black/African American babies die at two times the rate of White,Hispanic, and Asian babies before they turn one.

The Black/African American fetal death rate is two to three times the White and Asian fetal death rates.

The preterm delivery rate among Black/African Americans in San Joaquin County is 13.3 percent.

It takes a village: family, friends, and community!

MOMS: Advocate for your needs, listen to your body, and use your village.

DADS: Be present and engaged with your child to help with their success.

FAMILY: Encourage moms to make and keep all doctor's appointments.

HEALTH PROFESSIONALS/COMMUNITY: Be culturally sensitive. Avoid assumptions by asking questions and listening to responses. Provide resources and support.

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"There's nothing more life-changing than the birth of a baby. But Black and African American women and infants are dying at a much higher rate than other ethnic groups. Many of these deaths are preventable and it has to stop." - San Joaquin County Public Health Services

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