Birth Equity for Moms and Babies Consensus Statement

In response to the rising rates of preterm birth and persistent racial and ethnic disparities in birth and maternal health, the Prematurity Collaborative via its Health Equity Work Group has released a statement on the central role of the social determinants of health. This statement was developed to advance core health equity beliefs as benchmarks for achieving better outcomes for moms and babies and to create a call to action with equity-focused recommendations based upon the core beliefs, current data and research.

Click here to view the statement. Please consider adding your voice by signing on to this consensus statement with the form below. To join the Collaborative and add your time and talents to achieving equity and improvements in preterm birth, please click here.

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The following organizations and individuals have endorsed this consensus statement. Organization and individual names are listed in order of the date signed.


  • American Public Health Association
  • Palmetto Healthy Start
  • CityMatCH
  • Commonwealth Care Alliance
  • Georgia Obstetrical and Gynecological Society
  • Black Women for Wellness
  • Trust for America’s Health
  • National WIC Association
  • Birthing Project USA
  • UNC Center for Maternal and Infant Health
  • Ancient Song Doula Services
  • Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated
  • North Carolina Perinatal Association
  • Black Women's Health Imperative
  • National Institute for Children's Health Quality (NICHQ)
  • BirthMatters
  • Nzuri Malkia Birth Collective
  • Medicines360
  • March of Dimes


  • Kay Johnson, Johnson Group Consulting, Inc. Past chair US HHS Secretary's Advisory Committee on Infant Mortality (SACIM)
  • Dr. Steven G. Gabbe, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
  • Linda A. Nelson, University of Minnesota DNP student Public Health Nursing
  • Patricia T. Gabbe, MD MPH Founder Moms2B; Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology; The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Nationwide Children’s Hospital
  • Allison Bryant, MD MPH; Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine and Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Shareece Davis-Nelson