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National Birth Equity Collaborative

The U.S. has a terrible record on Black maternal health. Paid parental leave would improve it.

Despite spending more than $111 billion on maternal and infant health care per year, the U.S. ranks last among high-income nations in maternal mortality rates. A closer look at the data shows that Black women lead these numbers: Black women are two to three times more likely than White women to die in childbirth or from pregnancy-related complications.

Solving the maternal mortality crisis among Black women is essential for bringing down America’s shamefully high maternal mortality rate. …


The National Birth Equity Collaborative (NBEC), is one of the leading organizations on the front lines of the Black maternal health and infant mortality crises working to produce better birthing outcomes for Black mamas and their babies.

Founded in 2015 by Dr. Joia Crear-Perry, NBEC creates global solutions that optimize Black maternal, infant, sexual and reproductive wellbeing. We shift systems and culture through training, research, technical assistance, policy, advocacy, & community-centered collaboration. Our vision is that all Black mamas, their babies, and their villages thrive.

Our intent with this platform is to create a space where we can regularly share…


This year, the National Birth Equity Collaborative (NBEC) is honoring Mother’s Day by elevating infertility as a human rights and reproductive justice issue. For many who are still on the journey to parenthood, this day can be difficult, especially when filled with grief, loss, and infertility. Approximately 12 percent of women of reproductive age have difficulty getting pregnant or carrying a pregnancy to term. Notably, Black women are nearly two times more likely than their white counterparts to have problems conceiving, but only half as likely to receive treatment. This data, paired with the multifactorial racial disparities ever present in…


I was roughly 14 weeks pregnant with my first child when 12-year old Tamir Rice was killed by police in Ohio. Weeks later, my husband and I checked into our routine sonogram to find out what we were having. Thoughts of Tamir Rice and Trayvon Martin remained in my head and in my heart. What once seemed like deadly societal encounters involving adult Black men at the hands of law enforcement, and those taking the law into their own hands, had now become an assault on our babies in broad daylight.

A few minutes into the scan we heard, “It’s…

National Birth Equity Collaborative

The National Birth Equity Collaborative (NBEC) is a leading voice on racial inequities in Black maternal health & birth equity founded by Dr. Joia Crear-Perry.

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