Participating regions include Alameda Contra Costa, San Francisco, Santa Clara և Solano.
A 2019 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that for every 100,000 births in the United States, 41 black women died from pregnancy-related causes, compared to 13 white women. The study looked at deaths from 2007 to 2016.
In California, single infants die two to four times more often than other groups, according to the state Department of Public Health.
“We deserve healthy births to take care of our children,” said Goapele, a R&B music activist and campaign spokesman. “Look at us, listen to us, know our stories, help us rise.”
Public health officials also said that poor birth rates in black women persist even when they are pregnant at an optimal age, well educated or have a high income.
In addition to research, testimonials from black women help inform the campaign.
“The serious challenges facing single mothers in relation to their health and community are due to racism,” said Sharia Alexander, a single mother in the Alameda region.
“When we start listening to single mothers, then we will start to see health problems decrease,” Alexander said.
Healthcare professionals can help by providing indirect bias training, working with midwives, midwives, creating racism reporting systems in health facilities, and addressing them.
“We must now take action to eradicate racism and bigotry, to restore the damage it does to the health and lives of single mothers, families, children,” said Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley.
Funding for Skinner’s Senate Bill 65 has been included in the latest state budget. It’s called the Momnibus Act of California, which aims to improve the health of single mothers and their babies.
More work is expected from the district ղեկավար campaign leaders. District officials are expected to give single mothers and their families the opportunity to share their stories about birth justice.
Campaign leaders are expected to work with policymakers to shed light on policies that curb racism and help single parents have healthy children.
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