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Lower death rates for Black moms is goal of California bill

Mashariki Kudumu
Posted at 10:29 AM, Sep 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-27 14:20:10-04

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California has among the lowest rates of death nationally among pregnant women and new mothers. But the numbers for Black women tell a different story.

The most recently available state and federal data shows Black women in California were more likely to die during pregnancy or within a year of giving birth than Black women nationally. Within the state, they're six times more likely to die than white women.

A bill awaiting action by Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom aims to change that by requiring more robust data collection on deaths and expanding access to doulas and midwives.