April 13, 2011
“Underlying a demonstration of song…
And support–the message here is pregnant mothers are dying at high rates and it needs to stop. It’s estimated that between two and three women die every day during pregnancy and childbirth in the United States.
This rally is part of a Healthy Mothers Healthy Birth Summit.
Members of this group say deaths from pregnancy and childbirth have doubled in the past 20 years, and one-third of pregnant women suffer from pregnancy-related complications.
Experts say what’s so frightening about this issue is reports are not keeping up with current trends. According to statistics, there are 50 countries ahead of the United States where it is safer to have a child. And it’s not only an issue women are paying attention to.
Race also plays a factor. Black women are three times more likely to die from pregnancy and childbirth than their white counterparts where white women have a mortality rate of 9.5 per 100,000 pregnancies.
Stephanie Norman had twins through natural birth four months ago.
Some members here are angry over the recent federal budget agreement that strips away reproductive rights for women in DC. They say that could expose women to enormous consequences from unwanted childbirth.
Ashton Nesmith suffered from dysautonomia during her pregnancy. She wasn’t diagnosed until after she gave birth.
Ashton, like these women say good maternal health care shouldn’t be a luxury.”
See video of the rally at PressTV.