Tackling Louisiana’s Black Infant Mortality Crisis

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAEvery year, Black infants are more than twice as likely to die before their first birthday compared to White infants, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For nearly 30 years now, the folks at the Birthing Project USA have been fighting to close that gap. Their mission is to provide pregnant women, particularly Black women with the medical care and support needed to deliver a healthy baby.

As the only national African-American maternal and child health program in the country, the Birthing Project not only assists women during their pregnancy, they also provide education and emotional support for up to one year following the birth of their children.

“We like to call ourselves the Underground Railroad for New Life,” says Birthing Project Executive Director Joia Perry. “We want to ensure that the birth of every baby of color is witnessed and valued. [Our goal is to] decrease infant mortality in Black and brown babies by 50 percent within the next decade.”

Read the rest of my article at [EBONY.com].


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