Maternal and Child Health Consortium

All mothers and children deserve access to the health care and resources they need to stay healthy and safe. The Maternal and Child Health Consortium is working to improve the health and well-being of mothers and infants in East Baton Rouge Parish.

The Maternal and Child Health Consortium is a collaborative effort to make the community aware of maternal and child health issues, to advocate for policy changes that affect reproductive health, to engage the community through education campaigns and events, and to engage the medical community to support these efforts.

In addition, the consortium examines ways it can better share data and resources and identifies pathways for every organization that does MCH work to partner in that work. The consortium is made up of representatives from HealthyBR/Mayor’s Office, Family Road of Greater Baton Rouge, the Louisiana Department of Health, local hospitals, non-profit organizations focused on maternal and child health, and local chapters of Black Greek-letter sororities. It meets as a larger group quarterly, but topic-specific committees meet monthly to advance its work.

Hear Her

Far too many mothers die each year from problems related to pregnancy or delivery complications. And more than 80% of pregnancy-related deaths could be prevented.

The Hear Her campaign focuses on preventing pregnancy-related deaths by sharing potentially life-saving messages about urgent warning signs. The campaign features compelling stories from women about their experiences during or after pregnancy. They share how pregnancy-related complications or conditions have affected them and how they got help.

Each person knows their own body better than anyone and can often tell when something does not feel right. Our Hear Her campaign encourages partners, friends, family, coworkers, and providers—anyone who supports pregnant and postpartum people—to really listen when she tells you something doesn’t feel right. Acting quickly could help save a life.

Hear Her: Learn the warning signs. It could help save a life.
Hear Her: Learn the warning signs. It could help save a life.

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