Birthing While Black: Examining America’s Black Maternal Health Crisis

Meeting Notes: 
This will be a hybrid, remote/in person hearing.
Thursday, May 6, 2021 - 11:00am
2154 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515
“Birthing While Black: Examining America’s Black Maternal Health Crisis”

Chairwoman Maloney's Opening Statement [PDF]

Congresswoman Kelly's Opening Statement [PDF]


On Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. E.T., Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, the Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, and Committee Member Rep. Robin Kelly will co-chair a hybrid hearing to examine the maternal mortality and morbidity crisis experienced by Black birthing people in America.


The Committee will examine how America’s historical and ongoing structural racism against Black people is a root cause of the nation’s Black maternal morality crisis, and evaluate the need for comprehensive reforms and investments at the federal level to ensure the health and prosperity of Black birthing people and Black families across the United States.


Across the United States, Black birthing people are at disproportionate risk of death and adverse health outcomes before, during, and after pregnancy.  Black birthing people are three to four times more likely to experience pregnancy-related death than their white counterparts, and they experience higher rates of pregnancy complications, infant loss, and miscarriage across the board.  The coronavirus pandemic has disproportionately harmed Black people in the United States and worsened pre-existing health disparities.



Panel I


The Honorable Ayanna Pressley

Member of Congress, 7th District of Massachusetts


The Honorable Cori Bush

Member of Congress, 1st District of Missouri


The Honorable Lauren Underwood

Member of Congress, 14th District of Illinois

Co-Chair, Black Maternal Health Caucus


The Honorable Alma S. Adams, Ph.D.

Member of Congress, 12th District of North Carolina

Co-Chair, Black Maternal Health Caucus




Tatyana Ali

Actress and Advocate


Charles Johnson

Husband of Kira Johnson and Founder of 4Kira4Moms


Veronica Gillispie, M.D., FACOG, MS

Medical Director

Louisiana Perinatal Quality Collaborative


Joia Adele Crear-Perry, M.D., FACOG

Founder and President

National Birth Equity Collaborative


Jamila Taylor, Ph.D.

Director of Health Care Reform and Senior Fellow
The Century Foundation


Tamika Auguste, M.D.

Board of Directors Member
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

117th Congress