In honor of Black Maternal Health Week, we are slightly changing the format of our Friday news-roundup. This week, we've compiled a list of recent news and important resources for understanding the challenges and barriers facing the Black community; and emerging innovations and policies that are seeking to target and address the issues.

News from the Week,

4/15, Vogue: Black, High-Risk, and Expecting. How I Advocated for Myself, and My Pandemic Pregnancy

4/15, American Medical Association: A Black maternal health crisis in an American tragedy

4/15, Essence: We Didn’t Create the Black Maternal Health Crisis, But We Are Stepping Up To Solve It

4/14, Penn Today: Living in a majority-Black neighborhood linked to severe maternal morbidity

4/14, NBC News: In Pandemic Times, Black Maternal Health is More Important Than Ever 

4/13, The White House: A Proclamation on Black Maternal Health Week, 2021

Other Resources

New York Times: Why Black Women Are Rejecting Hospitals in Search of Better Births

Managed Healthcare Executive: Policymakers Must Take Action to Ensure Maternal Health Extends Beyond the Labor and Delivery Room

SELF: Black Maternal Mortality Isn't The Only Story - This Podcast Is Changing the Narrative 

Glamour: The Mental Health Trauma of the Black Maternal Mortality Crisis

Essence: Inside the Fight to End the Black Maternal Health Crisis

CMS: Improving Access to Maternal Health Care in Rural Communities

SELF: Black Maternal Mortality 

The Washington Post: Mortality rate for Black babies is cut dramatically when Black doctors care for them after birth, researchers say

Healthline: An In-Depth Look at Why Black Moms Need to Matter More

Refinery29: The Black Maternal Mortality Crisis Deserves Radical Solutions

CBS News: How Black doulas are fighting the maternal mortality crisis

AJMC: Racial Disparities Persist in Maternal Morbidity, Mortality and Infant Health

Vox: America is failing Black moms during the pandemic

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