It was a former Our Milky Way interviewee who really got me thinking about how maternal child health affects us all. In response to how he became interested in the field he said, “I first became interested when I was born, I suppose, as are most infants.” An obvious, perfectly sensical response. Maternal health affects every single one of us.
Tragically, the United States suffers the highest maternal mortality rate of all industrialized countries. Women of color die at four times the rate of white women.
This Mother’s Day, March for Moms will host its first rally to shed light on the dismal state of maternal health in our nation. The peaceful rally takes place in Washington D.C. at the Jefferson Memorial from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 14.
“March for Moms is nonpartisan and does not represent interests of any singular professional group, entity, or association,” as stated on Lamaze International for Parents. “They represent consumers and health providers to voice a shared platform, demanding national dialogue to improve care for mothers and babies.”
The event is family-friendly and will include professional kite flyers, children’s activity tables and breastfeeding and diaper changing tents. An impressive list of speakers will present at the gathering including Chanel Porchia-Albert, CD, CLC, Founder of Ancient Song Doula Services (ASDS) and MFM Advisor.
“My speech will address the impact of the infant and maternal mortality on African American women and families living within the United States,” Porchia-Albert writes on the ASDS Facebook page. “This speech means even more as the infant and maternal mortality extends beyond just birth outcomes but speaks to the many young men such as Jordan Edwards, Tamir Rice, and so many countless African American women, men and children.”
March for Moms explains the rise of our maternal mortality rate and poor health outcomes through these key issues:
- Perinatal depression
- Healthcare inequities and disparities
- Premature birth
- Maternity and family leave policies
- Lack of access to healthcare
Before and after the Mother’s Day Rally, March for Moms will lobby at the Hill and Senate for the importance of increased focus and funding for maternal health issues. Volunteers are needed. Sign up here. View active and passed legislation pertaining to maternal health here.
If you cannot attend the rally, you can still join the crusade and advocate virtually at the March for Moms Thunderclap.