Maloney Joins Colleagues Reps. Alma Adams and Lauren Underwood at Launch of Black Maternal Health Caucus

Apr 9, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Following an event launching the Black Maternal Health Caucus, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney released the following statement.

“It is a national scandal that African American mothers are about four times more likely to die in childbirth than white women. The situation is even worse in my home of New York City where that number doubles to eight times even though we have some of the best doctors not just in the country, but in the world at our city’s hospitals. This is absolutely unacceptable.

“We need to address this critical health issue, and so I thank my colleagues for starting this caucus to shine a much-needed light on this tragedy.

“There are so many health issues that we don’t have the answers to, but what we do know is that we need to devote resources to track and study this problem to make sure we are making policy and implementing changes to end this tragic disparity that mothers of color are currently facing.

“I’m happy to say that Mayor De Blasio has started a taskforce on this subject, and I’m hopeful we’ll gain some critical information from its work.

“In a country that leads on health, that has some of the world’s best researchers and doctors, this shouldn’t be an issue we still need to contend with in 2019.

“I was proud to join my colleagues to launch the Black Maternal Health Caucus this morning and want to thank Reps. Adams and Underwood for their leadership on this critical health issue.”