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Black Maternal Health

Every pregnancy-related death is tragic, especially because more than 80% of pregnancy-related deaths in the U.S. are preventable. Recognizing urgent
maternal warning signs, providing timely treatment, and delivering respectful, quality care can prevent many pregnancy-related deaths.

Black women are three times more likely to die from a pregnancy-related cause than White women. Multiple factors contribute to these disparities, such as variation in quality healthcare, underlying chronic conditions, structural racism, and implicit bias.

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SOURCE: CDC Vital Signs

Hear Her Concerns:
Listening and Acting Quickly Could Save Her Life

Anti-Racist Prenatal & Postnatal Care Preferences

During pregnancy:

  • Educate women about the symptoms of preeclampsia form the beginning of pregnancy

  • Actively listen to women and confirm their reported symptoms will be taken seriously

  • Make space for women and their family/friends or Doula given that continuous labor support has been shoot to shoren labore, increase esperien better

  • Help manage women’s pain since pain is often undertreated in Black women.

In Labor and birth

  • Make space for women’s cultural beliefs and ask about ways to support them

  • Allow women the opportunity to lave in whatever positions chosen if they are for safe her and baby

  • If caesarean birth is recommended, provide reason and what happens if recommendation is not followed


During Postpartum

  • Discuss postpartum symptoms that would be concerning and when provider should be contacted

  • Plan early visit with provider whether by  phone or telemedicine

  • Support women to take leave from and space for adequate rest

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Troubling Statistics

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​We are facing an urgent maternal and infant health crisis. One that can be improved with partners and supporters like you.


Together we can end preventable maternal health risks and death, end preventable preterm birth and infant death, and ultimately close the
health equity gap.


The Middletown (DE) Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. has joined March of Dimes once again to raise funds for research and programs that help moms have full-term pregnancies and babies begin healthy lives. 


Please support our efforts by donating April 9 through April 22, 2023. No amount is too small. Get on-board by supporting this team! Thank you in advance for your donation.

Team: MAC Deltas 4 Babies

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