From the moment we're born... Aspects of our society and environment form a web of factors that affect our chance at a healthy start to life. From access to quality health care to housing, transportation and healthy food.
Black and American Indian/Alaskan Native women are up to three times more likely to die from pregnancy related complications compared to White women.
The way our health, economic and education systems are built negatively affects some families and their babies more than others, even before birth, into their first years of life and beyond.
At the national level, our Mom and Baby Action Network (M-BAN) is a consortium of more than 200 national, state and local partners leading broad changes in policy, research, funding and systems to address maternal and infant health inequities.
At the local level, our Local Collective Impact Initiatives align on the underlying challenges affecting birthing people and babies in their communities, establish a shared vision, and build infrastructure and partnerships to deploy solutions to drive improved, measurable health outcomes.
Every family can have the best possible start. But today, too many moms and babies are dying or experiencing serious health complications related to childbirth—and far too many are moms and babies of color. Only by working together can we confront inequities and ensure the health and wellbeing of every family.