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The Black Maternal Health Crisis

Today, in the United States, we are confronting a crisis concerning Black Maternal Health. According to the Centers for Disease Control, Black women are three times more likely to experience pregnancy-related deaths compared to their White counterparts.

Pregnancy and the journey of motherhood should be a time of celebration and joy. However, for many Black women, these experiences are often overshadowed by the harsh realities they encounter within the healthcare system. Research conducted by the CDC reveals that Black mothers in our country are two to three times more likely to lose their lives due to pregnancy-related causes. Additionally, the rate of late maternal deaths among Black women exceeds three times that of other racial groups.

In our commitment to shed light on this critical issue, Pfizer is dedicated to amplifying the voices of women who have personally been affected by this crisis. Through their stories, we aim to empower and inform other Black women about the steps they can take to protect themselves and their precious babies.

We invite you to join us as we delve into the complexities of Black Maternal Health and explore the necessary collective actions required to address this pressing concern. Together, we can strive for a future where every mother, regardless of their race, can experience a safe and healthy pregnancy journey.   

Mattie James, a wife, mom of three, and entrepreneur based in Atlanta, always knew that she wanted to have kids. She and her husband had talked about having a family for a long time, but once they were ready to start that family, they realized the process might look a little different than originally anticipated.

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Tianna Bartoletta (née Madison), a two-time Olympian with three gold medals, didn’t always want to be a mother. She knew from the beginning that pregnancy and childbirth could be dangerous, especially for Black women.

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