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Racism Creates Inequities in Maternal and Child Health, Even Before Birth

Explore the disparities in maternal and child health through a targeted racial and ethnic equity lens.

Whether infants and toddlers are born healthy and with the potential to thrive as they grow greatly depends on their mother’s well-being – not just before birth, but even prior to conception. This updated brief applies an even more targeted racial and ethnic equity lens to the review of the data on disparities in maternal and child health; and lays out recommendations for policymakers and practitioners to promote equity and improve maternal and child health outcomes.

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As part of the State of Babies Yearbook: 2021, this brief digs into the disparities in maternal and child health, applying a targeted racial and ethnic equity lens to lay out recommendations for policymakers and practitioners to promote equity and improve maternal and child health outcomes.


About the State of Babies Yearbook: 2021

Now in its third year, the 2021 edition of the Yearbook explores substantial disparities and inequities in babies’ experiences when examined by race/ethnicity, income, and geographic setting. The 2021 Yearbook is augmented by RAPID-EC data collected during the pandemic to show how the crisis affected families with infants and toddlers. Policymakers and advocates will be able to use this data to identify and advance policies that produce the near-term support and long-term stability that babies and families need. Learn more.