Not One More: Promoting Maternal Health and Preventing Maternal Deaths

A Voice For Mom's

An ongoing series of informational entries.

In the Corner with Dr. Miller

September 29, 2020

Question: How do you eat an elephant?

Answer: One bite at a time.

With great enthusiasm and faith I am pleased to introduce you to Not One More: Promoting Maternal Health and Preventing Maternal Mortality.

The high rate of Black maternal mortality in our community is not news. Our African American women die 3 -4 times the rate of white women in the United States of America and in Marion County. And, like eating an elephant, it seems overwhelming.

The death of a mother at any time during her pregnancy through the first year after delivery is a loss not only to her family and friends; it is a profound loss to the community. To paraphrase Angela Davis, WE must no longer accept the things we cannot change; We must change the things we no longer can accept.

How do we change the things we no longer accept? Working together, we collectively take one bite at a time. We call upon all fathers, grandmothers, sisters, cousins, uncles, aunts, friends, and organization with similar interests to working together at this table, in this community, and at this time. We can do this. We must do this.

This website/newsletter will provide information on COVID -19 and pregnancy, relevant community events, innovative ways other communities have tackled this issue, a growing list of partners and services available, actions and behaviors we can all do or exhibit, and tips for staying healthy during pregnancy. And that is not all! We ask you to send us your suggestions, share positive pregnancy related experiences, and notification of scholarship for doulas that look like the community they serve!

This is the start of a movement for change in our community. Help us make it real and keep it real.

With hope and faith,