Listen To Black Mothers™
Listen to Black Mothers™, LTBM, is a call-to-action campaign to raise awareness about the horrifying Black maternal morbidity and mortality rates in the Unites States, specifically Louisiana and Texas (my home states). Our mission, passion and ultimate goal is to improve maternal health outcomes and dismantle maternal health disparities.
Listen to Black Mothers ™ facilitates change for Black pregnant and postpartum mothers through:
Policy Work: LTBM led conversations with city council members, lawmakers and activists to create strategic plans for implicit biased trainings and increased perinatal services in New Orleans.
Webinars: LTBM facilitates DEI presentations and discussions regarding Black maternal health and perinatal racial disparities for nursing schools and health organizations.
Community Education: LTBM actively distributes health information cards to organizations, providers and agencies that provide care to predominately Black mothers. Our efforts improve the chances of Black mothers getting prenatal education and it ensures they receive access to reliable community support.
Support Services: LTBM campaign donations are used to provide free pregnancy support and postpartum care to under resourced families.
In Louisiana, four black mothers die for every white mother and two black babies die for every one white baby. Louisiana’s maternal mortality rate also exceeds the national average as Louisiana ranks 47th out of 48 states. Louisiana also has the fifth highest infant mortality rate in the United States.
More than 700 women die each year in the U.S. from pregnancy-related complications up to one year after giving birth. In Texas, approximately 4 out of 5 of these deaths are preventable.
Source: Hear Her Texas