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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CONSENSUS STATEMENT SIGNERS

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

Organizations

  • 100 Million Healthier Lives
  • American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM)
  • American Public Health Association (APHA)
  • Ancient Song Doula Services
  • Birthing Project USA
  • BirthMatters
  • Black Women for Wellness
  • Black Women's Health Imperative
  • Buffalo Prenatal Perinatal Network
  • Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • CityMatCH
  • Commonwealth Care Alliance
  • Council on Alcohol & Drug Abuse-CB
  • Georgia Obstetrical and Gynecological Society
  • Health Care Without Walls
  • Health Leads
  • March of Dimes
  • Medicines360
  • Michigan Public Health Institute
  • National Institute for Children's Health Quality (NICHQ)
  • National WIC Association
  • North Carolina Perinatal Association
  • Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition
  • Nzuri Malkia Birth Collective
  • Palmetto Healthy Start
  • Power to Decide
  • Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine (SMFM)
  • Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE)
  • Trust for America’s Health
  • UNC Center for Maternal and Infant Health
  • Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated

Individuals

  • Allison Bryant, MD MPH, Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine and Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Andrea N Williams
  • Arden Handler
  • Charlene Harris
  • DeWayne Pursley, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Dept. of Neonatology
  • Dr. Steven G. Gabbe, Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
  • Gloria DeLoach
  • Janis Biermann
  • Kay Johnson, Johnson Group Consulting, Inc. Past chair US HHS Secretary's Advisory Committee on Infant Mortality (SACIM)
  • Linda A. Nelson, University of Minnesota DNP student Public Health Nursing
  • Marilyn Noll, March of Dimes
  • Meredith Yaker, Harris Health LBJ Hospital-Women and Infants Nurse Navigator
  • Ndidiamaka Amutah
  • Rebecca Smith
  • Robbie Caldwell
  • Shaconna Haley
  • Shantay Davies-Balch
  • Shareece Davis-Nelson