Black Maternal Health Week: March of Dimes

Black Maternal Health Week: March of Dimes

“My normal doctor wasn’t there. It was a partner and he was like, ‘Oh it’s fine, you’re fine,’” said Ford. But Ebony was not fine. A few days later her feet were too swollen to fit in her shoes. Her vision became spotty and when she arrived at the hospital her blood pressure was 262 over 154. Doctors diagnosed her with preeclampsia as well as other complications that put her at risk of bleeding out.

“I was in complete kidney and liver failure and would spend the next 25 hours in the ICU after delivering my baby through an emergency C-section,” she said. Unfortunately, Ebony’s birth story is not unique. Women are still dying during childbirth all across the United States. According to data from the United Health Foundation, the maternal mortality rate in D.C. in 2019 was 35.6 per 100,000 live births. That’s compared to a national rate of 29.6.

“To know how close my husband was to being a widower and a single father all in one day humbles me to live life to the absolute fullest,” said Ford. At 26 weeks, Reign Victoria was born weighing just one pound. Both Ebony and her daughter were lucky to be alive.

This year’s Report Card offers a comprehensive overview of the health of moms and babies across the U.S. The report grades the U.S., states, Puerto Rico and 100 cities on preterm birth rates, and includes other information such as infant death, states’ efforts on Medicaid expansion and extension, health insurance status, inadequate prenatal care, among other factors and outlines important policy solutions that can make a difference.

#DC earned a D+ on our 2020 report card for its preterm birth rate. Moms, dads, babies and families in every community and across the country need champions like you now more than ever. Take action today: https://t.co/IsIk1gK6e9 pic.twitter.com/0ljyVN6vWI — March of Dimes MDNCA (@MODMDNCA) November 17, 2020 RELATED: She went to the hospital to have her baby. Now her husband is raising two kids alone

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