California Governor Signs Law To Improve Outcomes For Black Birthing People And Babies

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Black women are six times more likely to die from pregnancy-related complications in California than white women.

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed new legislation to improve outcomes for people giving birth and children — and especially for black people, who suffer a disproportionately high risk of complications and deaths in pregnancy and during and after delivery. face higher rates.

Democratic governor signed bill, which called the California “Momnibus” Act, in a virtual event, saying they should bring “more data, more transparency, more accountability” to families seeking to bring “more data, more transparency, more accountability” on the issue of perinatal and infant mortality rates. Bill was “really proud”. Colour.

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“It is unacceptable that maternal and infant mortality rates among black and Indigenous communities are significantly higher than the state average,” the governor said, adding that the law was “doubling down on our commitment to both reproductive and racial justice.”

NS new law will be Increase training for midwives, improve local counties’ data collection on infant deaths, expand a committee to investigate pregnancy-related deaths, and provide low-income people from six months of pregnancy to two years after childbirth Providing monthly stipend till later.


Newsom notes that no other state in the country has such a guaranteed income program for low-income pregnant people, nor do other states offer doula services regardless of recipients’ immigration status.

across America, Black women are three times more likely to die from pregnancy-related complications compared with white women.

In California, racial disparities are even greater, with Black women six times more likely to die within one year of pregnancy compared to white women.

Noted State Sen. Nancy Skinner, who introduced bill earlier this year. And native babies also die at rates higher than the state standard.

“The status quo cannot and will not continue,” said state assembly member and co-author of the bill, Dr. Akila Weber, who has identified as a black woman who has given birth twice.

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