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A Quick Overview
of a very complex issue

Black birthing persons and newborns are significantly more likely to suffer from preventable complications or DEATH due to birth events than other demographics in the US.

Make sure you understand that correctly, to bring life into this world, Black birthing persons are dying in the United States at rates comparable to developing countries.

Studies show paid parental leave dramatically improves birth outcomes for both the birthing person and the baby.

Supplemental income quickly helps removes one of the largest barriers to receiving care, financial insecurity from missing work. Financial security also leads to less stress, and better birth outcomes.

Really? Says who?

"Several cross‐national studies have examined whether national expansions  of paid leave influenced rates of infant mortality. This work shows that increases in paid parental and/or maternity leave lowered rates of  infant mortality, with benefits largely concentrated in the postneonatal period from 1 to 12 months of age."

Nandi, A., Jahagirdar, D., Dimitris, M., Labrecque, J., Strumpf, E., Kaufman, J., Vincent, I., Atabay, E., Harper, S., Earle, A., & Heymann, S. (2018). The impact of Parental and Medical Leave Policies on Socioeconomic and Health Outcomes in OECD Countries: A Systematic Review of the Empirical Literature. Retrieved from


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