Praeclarus Press announces a new book by Black Women Birthing Justice that addresses why Black women are 3 to 4 times more likely to die during birth

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Battling Over Birth: Black Women and the Maternal Health Care Crisis, a new book from Praeclarus Press, addresses the disparities in maternal mortality, and why Black women are more likely to die when they have a baby than their White counterparts. Battling Over Birth is a study of 100 Black women in California and is written by Black Women Birthing Justice.

Battling Over Birth

Battling Over Birth

Black women are 3 to 4 times more likely to die during birth than their White counterparts

Praeclarus Press is pleased to announce a new book by Black Women Birthing Justice: Battling Over Birth: Black Women and the Maternal Health Care Crisis. This book is the result of an exhaustive study into the disparities faced by Black Women in the US during pregnancy and birth. Black Women Birthing Justice is a collective of African-American, African, Caribbean and multiracial women who are committed to transforming birthing experiences for black women and transfolks. Their vision is that every pregnant person should have an empowering birthing experience, free of unnecessary medical interventions and forced separation from their children. Their goals are to educate, to document birth stories and to raise awareness about birthing alternatives. They aim to challenge human rights violations, rebuild confidence in Black women's ability to give birth, and decrease disproportionate maternal and infant mortality. The authors of Battling Over Birth are Julia Chinyere Oparah, Helen Arega, Dantia Hudson, Linda Jones, and Talita Oseguera.

"Battling Over Birth is a critical and timely resource for understanding Black women’s birthing experiences in the United States, a country where Black women’s lives—and the lives they create—are at much greater risk of death and injury than those of non-Black women … By distilling the common and diverse threads from over 100 Black women, the BWBJ researchers have woven a multi-faceted tapestry that reflects what Black women view as important and central to optimal birth experiences. Their recommendations for improving care and outcomes are grounded in Black women’s authoritative knowledge. … This wonderful, important, necessary research by and for Black women points in the direction that Black women think we should go to ensure they have safe, healthy, and satisfying birth experiences and outcomes. We need to listen and act."

                 —Christine Morton, PhD, author,Birth Ambassadors: Doulas and the Re-Emergence of Woman-Supported Birth in America

Praeclarus Press is a small press specializing in women's health and provides books, webinars, podcasts, and the Women's Health Today blog. Founded by health psychologist Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, Praeclarus Press is based in Amarillo, Texas.

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