Black Maternal Health Week 2019

  • Mothering Justice is a kindred partner of Black Mamas Matter Alliance in commemorating the week of April 11- 17th as Black Maternal Health week.
  • We hope to deepen the national conversation about Black maternal health in the US 2) Amplify community-driven policy, research, and care solutions; 3) Center the voices of Black Mamas, women, families, and health providers; 4) Provide a national platform for Black-led entities and efforts on maternal health, birth and reproductive justice; and 5) Enhance community organizing on Black maternal health.
  • There’s a huge focus on infant mortality, however, the more holistic approach starts with maternal health.
  • Black women are 3 to 4 times more likely to die than their white counterparts.
  • For black mothers between 2000 and 2014 maternal mortality increased by 26% (ACOG)  with 20 to 40% of these deaths stemming from preventable causes (CDC) such as high blood pressure i.e. pre-eclampsia and eclampsia.
  • Black women, the most educated group in the U.S., are more likely to die as a result of pregnancy-related complications
  • The United States spends more money on health care than any other nation, but still, 2 women die every day during childbirth.
  • We encourage mothers to use their anger and put them towards actions that can save others.  


  • Mothering Justice wants to mobilize change around this and other issues – you can use our hashtag #mamaschoice, #BMHW, and you can visit our website and sign up to learn more about how you can get involved to enact change.  


  • Our more pressing call-to-action is calling governor Whitmer to convene a working group that will be dedicated to studying the causes of our black maternal death disparities, and we would also like major health systems in Michigan to create committees for maternal and infant recommendations.


  • On the national level, Senator Kamala Harris has introduced the  Maternal Care Access and Reducing Emergencies CARE Act.  This bill is aimed at reducing the racial disparities in maternal mortality and morbidity by providing Implicit Bias Training. This bill is a step towards ensuring that all women have access to culturally competent, holistic care, and to address the implicit biases in our system.”
  • Mothering Justice is having the 7th annual Mamas’ March aas an opportunity to come together to see how our issues are interconnected and how we can lift up one another on a state and national level, we come together every year in hope and action today to shape our path for tomorrow.
  • We spend a day of action at the state and nation’s Capitol to celebrate activists,  mamas and make legislative visits about family leave, affordable childcare, infant, and maternal mortality other issues that matter to mothers in Michigan. This year’s events are held on May 2nd in Lansing and May 7th in Washington, D.C.