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 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 and here to read a more expanded version, which was published in the Maternal and Child Health Journal in June 2020. Please consider adding your voice by signing on to this consensus statement with the form below. As we transition from the Prematurity Collaborative to the work of the new Mom and Baby Action Network, we seek to continue building on the principles outlined in this statement and begin moving our partners towards greater collective action and measurable impact. To join the Mom and Baby Action Network and add your time, resources, and talents to achieving equity and improvements in maternal and infant health, please click here.


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


  • 100 Million Healthier Lives
  • American Academy of Family Physicians
  • American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM)
  • American Public Health Association (APHA)
  • Ancient Song Doula Services
  • Birthing Project USA
  • BirthMatters
  • Birth Matters NW
  • 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
  • Cultural Awareness Center
  • Expecting Health
  • First Year Cleveland
  • Generate Health STL
  • Georgia Obstetrical and Gynecological Society
  • Health Care Without Walls
  • Health Leads
  • Healthy Start Coalition of Pinellas
  • Institute for Family Health
  • Long Island Doula Association
  • March of Dimes
  • Medicines360
  • Michigan Public Health Institute
  • MomsRising
  • National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health 
  • National Birth Equity Collaborative
  • National Healthy Start Association
  • National Institute for Children's Health Quality (NICHQ)
  • National WIC Association
  • New York Association of Licensed Midwives
  • North Carolina Perinatal Association
  • Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition
  • Nzuri Malkia Birth Collective
  • Palmetto Healthy Start
  • Power to Decide
  • Raise Colorado Coalition 
  • Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine (SMFM)
  • Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE)
  • Trust for America’s Health
  • UNC Center for Maternal and Infant Health
  • Virginia Neonatal Perinatal Collaborative
  • Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.


  • Allison Bryant, MD MPH, Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine and Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Amani Allen
  • Andrea N Williams
  • Arden Handler
  • Charlene Harris
  • Cheryl Geiler
  • Colleen Senterfitt
  • David Haas
  • DeAnna Stransberry
  • Deirdre McDaniel
  • DeWayne Pursley, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Dept. of Neonatology
  • Dionne Durant
  • Dr. Steven G. Gabbe, Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
  • Frankie Robertson, March of Dimes 
  • Gloria DeLoach
  • Janine Hill
  • Janis Biermann
  • Katrina Thompson
  • Kay Johnson, Johnson Group Consulting, Inc. Past chair US HHS Secretary's Advisory Committee on Infant Mortality (SACIM)
  • Kenn Harris
  • Linda A. Nelson, University of Minnesota DNP student Public Health Nursing
  • Lisa Amlung Holloway
  • Marilyn Noll, March of Dimes
  • Melanie Johnson
  • Meredith Yaker, Harris Health LBJ Hospital-Women and Infants Nurse Navigator
  • Ndidiamaka Amutah
  • Pamela McKay
  • Paula Braveman, MD, MPH
    Professor of Family and Community Medicine
    Director of the Center on Social Disparities in Health
    University of California, San Francisco
  • Pierrette Revangil
  • Rebecca Smith
  • Robbie Caldwell
  • Shaconna Haley
  • Shantay Davies-Balch
  • Shareece Davis-Nelson
  • Starr Barbour
  • Susan Rose, March of Dimes
  • Terri Major-Kincaide
  • Tracey Reed