American Hospital Association April 11, 2024
Crysta Meekins

Since 2018, Black Maternal Health Week has been a national observance from April 11–17. This annual observance was created by the Black Mamas Matter Alliance to raise awareness, advocate for change and support the unique experiences of Black mothers while advancing the principles and practices of reproductive and birth justice movements.

As we’re observing Black Maternal Health Week this year, there is still an ongoing crisis affecting Black mothers in America’s health care system. Despite advancements in medicine and improved access to care, Black women continue to experience significantly higher rates of maternal mortality and morbidity. This is not a recent problem; systemic inequalities, historical injustices and persistent disparities in health care are major contributors to the issue.

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