We focus on birth equity, because overall health during pregnancy and postpartum is one of the greatest determinants of a child’s mental and physical health throughout their life.

Out of 36 similarly developed countries, the United States’ maternal mortality rate ranks thirty-sixth. The coronavirus worsened an already dire situation, pushing the maternal mortality rate to 32.9 per 100,000 births in 2021 from 20.1 per 100,000 live births in 2019. Last year, the United States’ preterm birth rate hit a 15-year high with a rate of 10.5%, the implications of which include higher rates of infant death and long-term disability.

Systematically embedded within these poor outcomes are generations of inequities experienced by communities of color. Black and Native American women are currently 62% more likely to have a preterm birth, and Black women die at three times the rate of white women during childbirth. Although exacerbated by the pandemic, inequities caused by systemic racism long predate it.

BIRTH EQUITY PARTNERSHIPS

If who can access and get equitable care is a problem, so is where that care gets delivered. Recognizing that two out of three maternal deaths occur in the communities where women work and live—not in clinical settings, our birth equity investments are community- and infrastructure-based—supporting new workforces, restructuring payment systems, and advancing policies that support more compassionate, equitable, and sustainable care.

Brazelton Touchpoints Center

2023

Mamatoto Village

2023

Funders for Maternal Mental Health

2022

Funders for Birth Justice and Equity

2022

Institute for Medicaid Innovation & Every Mother Counts

2022

Boldly Go Philanthropy

2022

New Jersey Birth Equity Funders Alliance

2022

Perigree Fund

2022

HealthConnect One

2022

Alma

2022

Jacaranda Health

2020

March for Moms

2020

Greater Newark Healthcare Coalition

2019

Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers

2019