Austin Public Health Celebrating Black Maternal Health with “It’s a Birthing Thang” Event

Austin Public Health (APH) is hosting It’s a Birthing Thang on Saturday, April 13, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the ACC Eastview Campus, African American Cultural Center in Austin, Texas. This event coincides with Black Maternal Health Week, which aims to improve outcomes for pregnant individuals, especially black mothers.

Dr. Desmar Walkes, the Austin-Travis County Health Authority, emphasized the importance of educating individuals on warning signs and available resources to prevent pregnancy-related deaths. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, hundreds of people die each year during pregnancy or after giving birth, with black women being three times more likely to die from a pregnancy-related cause compared to white women.

Austin Public Health is dedicated to addressing these disparities by amplifying black voices and fostering allyship to improve the quality of care, reduce implicit bias from providers, and manage chronic health conditions. Whether you are a parent-to-be, a birth professional, or an ally, this event is for you.

For more information and resources on Black Maternal Health, visit APH’s Maternal Infant Outreach Program page. Join APH in advancing better maternal, reproductive, and birth outcomes for all pregnant individuals.

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