PERINATAL EQUITY INITIATIVE (PEI)
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:
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|
- Pregnancy-Related Deaths
- Perinatal Equity Initiative (ca.gov)
- Racial Disparities in US Maternal and Infant Mortality Rates
- Listening to Black Mothers in California
- Black Women's Maternal Health: A Multifaceted Approach to Addressing Persistent and Dire Health Disparities
- CDC Pregnancy-Related Deaths Report
- Battling Over Birth: Black Women & The Maternal Health Care Crisis in California
- Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Obstetrics and Gynecology