It's no secret that Black maternal health is in crisis in this country. In fact, the U.S. has the highest maternal mortality rate among developed countries, and women of color and their babies are disproportionately affected. What's more, the disparity is increasing. The preventable maternal death rate in the Unites States has been increasing since 2001—and Black women are most at risk. Which is why this week is Black Maternal Health Week, a time dedicated to amplifying the voices of Black moms in order to advance the health equity of Black women and their babies. And there's a lot of work we need to do.
By the Numbers
Black women in NYC are 12x more likely to die in childbirth compared to White counterparts and are 4x more likely to die nationwide.
A nationwide study found that Black babies are 2x as likely to not reach their first birthday compared to White babies.
Rates for exclusive breastfeeding at three months are 36% among Black infants and 53% among White infants.
How to Support
Over here at Perelel, our mission is to contribute to a world with more healthy babies, and more healthy moms. We believe everyone has the right to a healthful pregnancy and, in turn, access to high-quality prenatal care. Which is why we're honored to announce our always-on partnership with Birth Queen, a non-profit dedicated to empowering, supporting and educating Black moms and birthing people.
For every new subscription of Perelel, we are teaming up with Birth Queen to distribute a supply of our prenatal vitamins to a woman who lacks access. What's more, this week through April 17th, we'll be doubling our give-back in support of Black Maternal Health Week.
Want to support Birth Queen's mission? Join the movement by donating, using your voice on social, and by learning more with Birth Queen's resources. We also want to hear what you think about the maternal health disparity. Share your thoughts by joining the Perelel community on social.