CDC and States Working to Reduce Maternal Mortality | OAS Episode 114

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Summary: An estimated 700 women will die  from pregnancy-related complications in the U.S. this year, and most of those deaths are preventable. In addition, Black and Indigenous women are two to three times more likely to die of pregnancy related issues than White women. On this podcast, the focus is on maternal mortality. I talk with Dr. Wanda Barfield, the director of the Division of Reproductive Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She  discusses efforts by the CDC to reduce the number of deaths, including sharing strategies with state legislators as they try to craft solutions that work best in their states. My second guest is Khanh Nguyen, a policy expert at NCSL who tracks legislation related to maternal mortality. She shares examples of specific legislation and approaches employed by states, including a focus on helping Black and Indigenous women.         Additional Resources Healthy Women, Healthy Pregnancies, Healthy Futures: Action Plan to Improve Maternal Health in America, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Hear Her campaign, CDC OAS Episode 114 Transcription Reproductive Health, CDC Saving Moms: Strategies to Reduce Maternal Mortality in the U.S., NCSL webinar The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Improve Maternal Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services