FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Fort Worth, Texas – May 29, 2017 –
“Considerable racial disparities in pregnancy-related mortality exist,” according to the Centers for Disease Control, “During 2011–2013, the pregnancy-related mortality ratios were, 12.1 deaths per 100,000 live births for white women, 40.4 deaths per 100,000 live births for black women, 16.4 deaths per 100,000 live births for women of other races (“Pregnancy Mortality Surveillance System”, 2017).”
During a presentation on Maternal Mortality at Birth Texas’ Birth Roundup April 22, 2017, Midwife, Ina May Gaskin was asked about this disparity. The answer ignited a social media conversation highlighting how people of color are dying more frequently than their peers. In their April 25 statement, Birth Texas issued a commitment to “Facilitate education for our white consumer base / birth workers with continued information on racial disparities and inclusivity of LGBTQIA+ through implementing updated training and seeking resources to better organize within our communities.”
This Sunday, May 28th at 2PM Central, Birth Texas is hosting a Town Hall meeting to discuss the role consumers play in addressing racial disparities and steps the organization can take to improve consumer knowledge and activity.
The Town Hall will be held at The Fort Worth Public Library Central Library located at 500 W 3rd St, Fort Worth, Texas 76102.
Birth Texas is a 501c3 non-profit consumer advocacy organization working to improve infant and maternal outcomes through awareness and outreach.
Pregnancy Mortality Surveillance System. (2017, January 31). Retrieved May 25, 2017, from https://www.cdc.gov/reproduc…/maternalinfanthealth/pmss.html
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