DID YOU KNOW?
- Texas leads the nation in maternal deaths.
- 80% of maternal deaths in Texas are preventable.
- Black women are 243% more likely to die of pregnancy or birth-related causes than white women.
- The risk for maternal death among Black women cuts across all socioeconomic levels.
WHY IS THIS HAPPENING?
- Racism. Practitioners aren’t listening to Black women when they report pain or complications.
- Care Gaps. Half of all births in TX occur on Medicaid, which goes away after 2 months postpartum.
- Lack of Training. California partly addressed this problem by equipping every hospital with hemorrhage carts, and by providing training to hospital staff.
- Misogyny. After delivery, women are left to navigate recovering from the physical and mental strain of labor and new parenthood without ongoing care in our system.
SO WHAT DO WE DO ABOUT THIS?!
Contact your state senator and representative and demand they take action on the maternal mortality crisis. Ask them to:
- Support SB 147 Extending Medicare coverage from 2 months to 12 months postpartum
- Support HB 253 Enacting a comprehensive plan to address postpartum depression
- Support HB 1559 Enacting 30 days of paid family leave
- Amend or Vote down HB 1641 and HB 2028 until the Healthy Texas Women provider network can be vetted– 66% of the low-cost providers listed aren’t taking new patients, aren’t OB/GYNs, are wrong numbers, or are crisis pregnancy centers.
JOIN US IN FUTURE ACTIONS!
*Source: State of Texas Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Task Force Bi-annual Report, 2018