SR33, As Adopted by Senate, April 11, 2019



Senators Geiss, Polehanki, Chang, Hollier, Alexander, Bullock, Irwin, McMorrow, Brinks, Bayer, Santana, Moss, Wojno, Hertel, Ananich and Bizon offered the following resolution:

Senate Resolution No. 33.

A resolution to commemorate April 11-17, 2019, as Black Maternal Health Week.

Whereas, According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC),  black mothers in the United States die at three to four times the rate of white mothers; and

Whereas, The CDC data from 2011-2013 for pregnancy-related deaths shows there were 12.7 deaths per 100,000 live births for white women, 43.5 deaths per 100,000 live births for black women, and 14.4 deaths per 100,000 live births for women of other races; and

Whereas, Black maternal death is one of the widest of all racial disparities in women's health; and

Whereas, Black women are 22 percent more likely to die from heart disease than white women, 71 percent more likely to die from cervical cancer, but 243 percent more likely to die from pregnancy- or childbirth-related causes; and

Whereas, According to the National Institutes of Health, when compared with white women with the conditions for preeclampsia, eclampsia, abruptio placentae, placenta previa, and postpartum hemorrhage, which are common causes of maternal death and injury, black women were two to three times more likely to die than white women who had the same condition; and

Whereas, Between 1999 to 2010, according to the Michigan Maternal Mortality Surveillance Project, black women in Michigan experienced a pregnancy-related mortality rate of 50.8 per 100,000 live births compared to 16.6 per 100,000 live births for white women in Michigan; and

Whereas, the U.S. has the highest maternal death rate in the developed world and our state ranks 27th in the nation for maternal death; and

Whereas, These alarming statistics for black maternal health cut across socio-economic status, maternal age, and education levels; and

Whereas, The Michigan Legislature recognizes the necessity for the increased attention to the state of black maternal health, studying and understanding the root causes of poor maternal health outcomes and supporting community-driven programs, care solutions, improving prenatal care and overall maternal healthcare, improving breastfeeding rates and nutrition, and amplifying the voices of black mothers, women, families, and stakeholders including black women from across the diaspora and Afro-Latinx groups; and

Whereas, We also recognize the necessity to end maternal mortality globally in order to amplify the need for maternal health and rights; now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the Senate, That the members of this legislative body commemorate  April 11-17, 2019, as Black Maternal Health Week.