Maternal Health

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Petition to Richard Burr, Thom Tillis

Maternal Mortality for Black Women in the US

Black women face discrimination in health care. More than women of other races, black women are dying due to complications from their pregnancies and deliveries. As women of color are: "More than three to four times as likely than any other race to die from complications of childbirth or pregnancy" (CNN).  Maternal mortality for black women has remained high, despite advancements in medicine and technology. Women should not worry about their safety. Even black women of a higher status have to worry about their health. Serena Williams almost died when she had her baby, Alexis, because of complications that were not heard by doctors, and now she is advocating for women's health. By advocating for these changes, we can stop more women from dying each day. The Black Women's Health Imperative, which is a non-profit organization that helps to decrease maternal mortality and advocate for women's rights, is already helping people to make these changes. Black Women's Health Imperative helps to:  "Change affordable health care for not just all women, but for the women and girls who are in poor communities and lower economic statuses. And give a fast response for public health emergencies" (BWHI).  By signing this petition, it will get these results. Please help us advocate and get this pushed to Richard Burr and Thom Tillis who are the US Senate for our home state of NC. There will also be a link sent to our GoFundMe page, that will be sending money to the Black Women's Health Imperative which will help fund their organization. (   Link to GoFundMe account: References:  Howard, J. (2017, November 15). Childbirth is killing black women, and here's why. Retrieved February 26, 2018, from 15/health/black-women- maternal-mortality/index.html    

Taylor Burton
30 supporters
Update posted 8 months ago

Petition to Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump

Commit to act for paid family leave for all in your first 100 days

Under ordinary circumstances, two mothers as different as we are would never have met. One of us is from Oklahoma and is a registered Republican. The other is an unmarried liberal who lives in Brooklyn. But tragedy has a way of bringing people together. Last year, we both lost our babies, infant sons who died at daycare, after we’d left them in childcare to return to work. Neither of us wanted to leave our babies when we did, at mere weeks old, not yet. But neither of us had the luxury of choice. Our respective employers would not grant us any more time for parental leave, and we couldn’t afford to quit our jobs. So, reluctantly, on an April morning in Oklahoma, baby Shepard was left at daycare. A childcare worker swaddled him for a nap, placed him in a car seat, and didn’t check on him. He slipped down and suffocated, still too little to lift up his own head. Just as reluctantly, in July, baby Karl was dropped off for his first day at daycare near his mother’s Manhattan office. When she came back to feed him at noon, Karl’s lips were blue and a childcare worker was performing CPR. A medical examiner could not determine why this healthy baby died. 1 in 4 American moms have no choice but to return to work just two weeks after the birth of a child.  87 percent of parents have no access to paid leave through their employers. No parent should have to choose between leaving their baby too soon and making ends meet. Given that 73% of Republicans, 87% of independents and 96% of Democrats agree it is important for Congress and the president to consider a family leave insurance system, we are jointly calling on the candidates for president, Republican and Democrat, to publicly commit that, if elected, they will take action for national paid family leave policy in their first 100 days in office. Most babies don’t die in day care, of course. But, as it turns out, our instinct that Karl and Shepard would be safer if we could have stayed with them a little longer was not wrong. An important study released last week found that for each additional month that a woman has paid parental leave, infant mortality goes down 13 percent. America has the highest infant mortality rate of any industrialized nation in the world. Paid leave, in countries that have implemented it, has dramatically lowered infant death rates. But beyond this, parental leave is good for our children. When Norway began offering paid parental leave, there were dramatic long-range effects: children had lower high school dropout rates, higher rates of college attendance, and higher incomes at age 30. American babies whose mothers don’t have maternity leave are less likely to be taken to the doctor, and less likely to be breastfed. Toddlers of parents without access to paid leave have more behavioral problems, and score lower on cognitive tests. Every American baby would be safer, healthier, and have a better start in life if given time with their mother or father during the first months of life. If our political leaders claim to be pro-family, they need to put families first by supporting paid family leave. In the richest country in the world, we should not have sobbing mothers leaving their premature babies in the NICU because they have to return to their jobs. We do not need to tear babies from their mothers’ arms before they can even hold up their own necks. Parental leave is a necessity, not a perk. Join us, a mom from Oklahoma and a mom from Brooklyn, in calling upon the presidential candidates of both parties to publicly commit that, if elected, they will take action for paid family leave policy in their first 100 days in office. Through our great loss, we are now united to fight for change. We charge our leaders, both Republican and Democrat, to enact laws that protect the right of every American baby to have the loving care of a parent during the fragile first months of their life.

Amber, Ali, and PL+US Action Fund
167,964 supporters
Started 1 year ago

Petition to Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Donald Trump

Tell Congress to end preventable maternal deaths in America

On June 28, 2016, after eleven hours of labor, my husband and I welcomed our second daughter, Ava. After she and her father were led into the recovery room to wait for me, I started to feel like I was drowning. I told the nurse I couldn't breathe and begged them to save me. Lots of machines started making scary noises. Everything went white. Ten hours later, I woke up intubated in the ICU. I had suffered flash pulmonary edema, a life-threatening complication of pre-eclampsia. After doctors rushed to flush the fluid out of my lungs, I still couldn't breathe. My anesthesiologist made the life-saving decision to intubate me. As he was preparing the intubation, the nurses lost my pulse. I had gone into cardiopulmonary arrest. I was a Code Blue in the ICU. My husband watched forty doctors run across the floor to my bedside. For twenty seconds, I was gone. For those twenty seconds, my husband was a single dad to our two young daughters. For those twenty seconds, my parents lost their only child. For those twenty seconds, my children lost their mother. For those twenty seconds, I was another statistic in the staggering rise of the maternal mortality rate in the U.S.A. - the only industrialized nation with a rising maternal mortality rate. My anesthesiologist saved my life. Had he been even a minute too late with the intubation, I wouldn't be here typing this today. For the next 48 hours, I fought for my life in the ICU and finally met my baby on the eve of my 34th birthday. In truth, the fight had only begun. The road to recovery was laden with triumph, self-doubt, and shame that I upset so many people by almost dying. I was plagued with guilt for not having been able to thwart this deadly, non-discriminatory disease. I had the best care. I did all the right things. I followed my doctors' orders. But for twenty seconds, none of that mattered. Who would comfort my survivors by telling them "she did all the right things and had the best care"? Last March, I learned I wasn't alone. A bipartisan bill aimed to address the rise of maternal mortality in our country was introduced by Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA), Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI), Congressman Ryan Costello (R-PA), and Congresswoman Diana DeGette (D-CO). The Preventing Maternal Deaths Act of 2017 (H.B. 1318) aims to help states establish or improve their maternal mortality review committees (MMRCs) – interdisciplinary groups of local experts in maternal, infant, and public health – to examine maternal death cases and identify locally-relevant ways to prevent future deaths. Despite major advancements in technology and treatment, the maternal death rate has increased by 26% in our country in the past fifteen years with African-American women three to four times more likely to die from preventable and/or treatable causes related to pregnancy. This legislation is so urgently needed as women in the United States are needlessly dying from pregnancy-related complications at a higher rate than women in 47 other countries. This is completely unacceptable, and you can do something about it today by signing this petition and contacting your representative to co-sponsor this bipartisan legislation.

Kristel Stern
22,243 supporters