Williams' Statement On The Mayor's Maternal Health Initiative Expanding Access To Doula And Midwifery Services

March 23rd, 2022

Press Release

"Maternal healthcare inequities, particularly for Black and Brown women, have been a key focus for my office, and a personal issue for so many New Yorkers – until recently, I never realized how significant it would be to me and my family. Maternal mental health, maternal mortality, birth equity – these are issues that have been too long ignored, raised by voices too long silenced.

"Birth equity is a social justice issue, and today’s announcement will help bring care to communities often underserved, and lower the economic barriers that have prevented some pregnant people from seeking critical care. This initiative will also strengthen the ties between hospitals and community based organizations, meeting people where they are.

"I thank the administration for making this issue a priority – together with my maternal health legislative package and other, previously announced initiatives, these programs will help to change the unjust systems that have long denied women of more color in our city the care they need and deserve."

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