United States

VBI is committed to following the roadmap for maternal newborn health as outlined by the Global Maternal Newborn Health 2015 Conference and the UN Sustainable Development GoalsWe believe in treating people with compassion and respect, sharing success in maternal newborn health, and supporting all providers of care for pregnant individuals and children throughout the world. Organizing throughout cities in the US, Community Birth Advocacy and Community-Based Doula Trainings help to ensure that all families have access to reproductive justice and maternal health advocacy.  

As stated by the World Health Organization, “Although considered mainly as problems of the developing world, maternal mortality and morbidity remain a challenge in the United States of America (USA).1 Between 1990 and 2013, the maternal mortality ratio for the USA more than doubled from an estimated 12 to 28 maternal deaths per 100 000 births1 and the country has now a higher ratio than those reported for most high-income countries and the Islamic Republic of Iran, Libya and Turkey.2 About half of all maternal deaths in the USA are preventable.2

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