Baker signs a bill creating a maternal health commission

Baker signs a bill creating a maternal health commission

by: Katie Lannan, State House Press Office

Posted: Jan 14, 2021 / 6:27 AM EST / Updated: Jan 14, 2021 / 6:27 AM EST

BOSTON (SHNS) – A new state commission, created under a law signed by Governor Charlie Baker on Wednesday, will be tasked with researching measures to address racial inequalities in maternal health.

The panel will explore ways to reduce or eliminate inequalities in maternal mortality or “severe maternal morbidity” and examine barriers to accessing antenatal and postpartum care, the availability of doulas and birthing centers. , and the impacts of “historical and current structural, institutional and individual forms of racism. “

In a statement released last week after the Bill (H 4818) was approved by the legislature, Senator Becca Rausch said black people giving birth in Massachusetts were twice as likely as their white counterparts to die. complications during and after childbirth, and Representative Liz…

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