In honor of Black Maternal Health Week (April 11th-17th), we focused this Power Hour on how statistics bear out a distinct health inequity in outcomes for black mothers and their infants.

Health inequity in the US has become more apparent during the pandemic, with COVID-19 disproportionately hitting populations of color. Statistics confirm similar health outcomes for this population in other areas like maternal health. The US has the worst maternal mortality rates overall compared to other developed countries, with black mothers at least three times more likely to die in childbirth than white mothers. Black babies have a mortality rate almost four times the rate of their non-Hispanic white counterparts.

Joining us to examine this issue are Power Hour guests:

  • Michaela Penix, MPH – Director, Maternal Infant Health with the March of Dimes
  • Venus Standard, MSN, CNM – 4Moms2Be (
  • Tammy McNeill – Cumberland Co HD, ICO4MCH Breastfeeding Program Coordinator
  • Kaitlyn Franklin – Cumberland Co HD, ICO4MCH Reproductive Life Planning Program Coordinator

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