This week is Black Maternal Health Week, organized by the Black Mamas Matter Alliance. During this week, we put an extra focus on centering the needs and voices of black mamas everywhere.
In the state of Michigan, Black women die of pregnancy-related causes in 41 out of 100,000 live births compared to 15 in 100,000 live births of White mothers. That means that pregnancy-related death is almost 3 times higher for Black women than White women. Additionally, Black babies also die at a rate 3 times higher than White babies.
To reduce these disparities, black mamas and babies must get the care and resources they need before, during, and after pregnancy. Black mamas deserve to have access to care and resources that were built for them. In Detroit, many compassionate and committed people work each day to provide this care to our moms. Check out this guide to free resources and programs in Detroit for black mamas – from prenatal care to breastfeeding support and more.
This guide was created in collaboration with the University of Michigan School of Public Health.