maternal mortality


Column: Nothing but racism explains Black women’s higher rate of horrible birth stories

BY: - May 13, 2021

Tatyana Ali, who starred as Ashley Banks on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” from 1990 to 1996, entered Harvard the next year where she double majored in government and African-American studies. In 2016, Ali and her husband, an English professor at Stanford, welcomed their first child, but only after mother and baby were roughly treated […]


Column: How I learned to accept the unexpected in pregnancy

BY: - February 28, 2020

In about one month, I will give birth for the first time. I’m at the stage of pregnancy when getting in and out of my car feels celebratory. Sometimes I have heartburn. Occasionally, my feet and ankles swell. Mostly though, I feel excited to meet my baby, someone who for months has felt real only […]

Whitmer wants to fight prenatal health care disparities in Flint

BY: - February 24, 2020

Flint isn’t just plagued by a water crisis. It’s also plagued by health care disparities among pregnant women belonging to minority groups — and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wants to do something about it. During a news conference held at Hamilton Community Health Network in Flint on Monday, Whitmer highlighted how her “Healthy Moms, Healthy Babies” […]


Column: After economic and criminal justice wins, here’s what Michigan leaders should focus on in 2020

BY: - February 6, 2020

What a difference a year makes. This time last winter, Michigan was enduring a historic cold snap. And we were coming off of a major election, starting a new legislative session and a new governor’s term. And the Michigan League for Public Policy was launching our Owner’s Manual for Michigan to help guide them.  We’ve certainly seen […]

GOP leaders: Whitmer’s road bonding plan is ‘hypocritical’

BY: - January 30, 2020

The day after Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced her bonding plan to fix the roads, state House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R-Levering) and Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) were still fired up against it.   Shirkey says the plan unveiled during Whitmer’s State of the State address, which will increase the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) […]

‘I’d be embarrassed if I were her’: Republicans keep slamming Whitmer’s old gas tax plan

BY: - January 30, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said her State of the State address would be “shorter than usual” — and it did clock in at about 35 minutes.  But in that time, she announced several big plans for the state and took a few swings at Republicans who control the Legislature. Focusing on roads, education, jobs and health […]

Exclusive: 44% of Michigan maternal deaths are preventable. Whitmer has a plan for that.

BY: - January 29, 2020

Michigan ranks 38th in the nation for infant mortality and 30th for maternal mortality. Detroit’s maternal death rate is three times the national average and pregnant Black women are 4.5 times more likely to die than non-Hispanic white women. And 44% of pregnancy-related deaths were preventable, according to a recent analysis by the Michigan Maternal […]

‘We have an emergency’: U.S. House panel examines Black mothers, babies dying in Michigan

BY: - January 29, 2020

WASHINGTON — Black mothers and babies are dying at staggering rates in Michigan and throughout the United States.   The national statistics are alarming: Black women are three to four times more likely to die from pregnancy-related issues than white women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). American Indian women are also […]