Black Maternal Health Audio

This panel on Black Maternal Health highlights the major racial disparities in deaths, complications, and treatment for Black mothers when compared to white mothers. We welcomed Dr. Camille Walker (Obstetrics & Gynecology; Maternal & Fetal Medicine), Marie Kinsella (Director of Community Programs for The Partnership for Maternal and Child Health of Northern New Jersey),  and Dr. Khadijah Costley White (Associate Professor in the Department of Journalism and Media Studies at Rutgers University). Tegan Culler, public health expert, SOMA resident, and former Coalition trustee, was the moderator. Data show that Black mothers are two to three times more likely to die from pregnancy-related complications with most of those maternal deaths being preventable. The panel discussion considers the impact of racism on health, including biased care practices within clinical care, discriminatory hospital policies, and policy solutions and advocacy measures that support reform. 

Planned in conjunction with the Partnership for Maternal and Child Health of Northern New Jersey and the South Orange and Maplewood (SOMA) Health Department, the event included first-person perspectives, real-life experiences, and helpful resources from local stakeholders. We are so grateful to the panel and participants for sharing their experiences and their sage advice. Listen to the audio of the event for more information.

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