Black Mamas Community Collective says, “We must do better.”
by Alex Puente, The Austin Chronicle
Roughly 700 women in the United States die each year from pregnancy-related complications, according to the Center for Disease Control. But black women, in particular, face the highest maternal mortality rate, as they are four times more likely to die from pregnancy complications than white women.
On Monday, Feb. 25, during this year’s Texas Legislative Black Caucus Summit, the Black Mamas Community Collective – a group of researchers, social workers, policy makers, public health professionals, and community activists – held a panel discussion and press conference to highlight the need to address the alarming maternal mortality rate among black women.