This week is Black Maternal Health Week! Founded by the Black Mamas Matter Alliance in 2017, Black Maternal Health Week is a time to reflect on the current state of Black maternal health and understand we can move forward. My week of action will bring together providers, non-profits, community members, legislators, and state departments to raise awareness around the state of Black maternal health in Tennessee. Tragically, in Tennessee, Black women are 3.9 times more likely to die from pregnancy-related or associated causes. We must work together to ensure that every mother thrives through their pregnancy and postpartum stage.
To begin this important conversation, I am hosting a virtual Doula Day on the Hill, tomorrow, Tuesday, April 12 from 9am-3pm. Attendees will hear from experts in the field about the state of Black maternal health, learn about potential resources, and talk with legislators about key maternal health legislation. I invite you to join us tomorrow for this important conversation! Please register at LondonLamar.com/bmhweek. I will also be streaming this discussion from my Facebook page at facebook.com/SenatorLondonLamar.
On Thursday, I am launching a joint, bipartisan caucus for state legislators that will focus on crafting legislation that will improve maternal health outcomes for all moms in Tennessee. Tune into our inaugural caucus meeting on the TN General Assembly website.
On Saturday, I am hosting a celebratory brunch to recognize and honor the work of maternal health organizations serving moms and babies in the Memphis area.
Throughout the week, I will be introducing legislation to honor the International Day for Maternal Health and Rights as well as Black Maternal Health week. I am also collecting diapers for families in need. If you would like to donate, please send me an email to coordinate a drop-off location.
I am excited to see you for this week of action. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at email@example.com or call my office at 615-741-2509.