Strengthen maternal health | HHS.gov

The United States has the highest maternal mortality rate among high-income countries. Addressing the maternity care crisis is a top priority at HHS. We are committed to supporting safe pregnancies and births, eliminating pregnancy-related health disparities, and improving health outcomes for parents and infants nationwide.


Events to come

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Birthworker Roundtable

12:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. ET

This event is an opportunity to recognize and engage birth attendants, mental health professionals and healthcare professionals to share the space. Our goal is to help bridge the relationship between all the phenomenal work that each specialty does to support Black maternal health.

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Implementing Iowa’s Title V Community Doula Project for African American Families

2 p.m. to 3 p.m. CT

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has recognized disparities in maternal health outcomes among people who identify as African American/Black in Iowa. IDPH sought to reduce these disparities by modifying, expanding, and improving Iowa’s Title V Maternal and Child Health service delivery system to include a community-based, culturally congruent doula program as a service offering. . Join OASH Region 7 and IDPH for a presentation and panel discussion on this innovative project during Black Maternal Health Week.

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Thursday, April 14, 2022

Honoring Black Maternal Health Week: A Discussion of the Challenges and Opportunities for Improving the Health of Black Mothers

1-2 p.m. ET

Our goal is to raise awareness of the maternal health crisis through an authentic conversation between each of the well-known attendees and HHS moderators about their experiences with maternal health. The discussion will highlight that all black women are more affected by maternal health morbidities and the need for action.

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HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra and Heads of State Discuss Black Maternal Health Week

3 p.m. ET

This conversation will focus on what states and the federal government are doing to address inequities in black maternal health. The discussion will focus on current challenges and opportunities for improving maternal health outcomes for Black women at the state and federal levels.

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