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Birth Queen: Eradicating the Black Maternal Health Crisis One Birth at a Time | Mainstage

Rachel Nicks, Founder and CEO, Birth Queen

Rachel Nicks, Founder & CEO of Birth Queen, explained the health crisis in Black families. Black women are 3-5 times more likely to die during pregnancy and labor (and at 12 times the rate in New York City) and Black babies are three times more likely to die before their first birthday. Nicks explored the history of discrimination and racism in medicine toward Black women from slavery through modern times. She also told the story of her own experience as the mother of two sons.

Birth Queen’s mission is to improve maternal and newborn outcomes for Black families through investments in advocacy, resources, and education. Nicks implored the audience to commit to use its power and privilege to support Black women.

The goal is to provide wrap-around care so that Black mothers not only survive but thrive. My goal is to end the generational passing-down of racial trauma and the survival narrative.

Rachel Nicks

Key takeaways & next steps:

  • The mortality rate among Black women and babies remains shockingly high. The U.S. must invest more to promote the health and prosperity of its youngest and most vulnerable. 
  • Contact partnerships@concordia.net to learn more about how to partner with Birth Queen to support the establishment of Black birthing units in cities across the U.S.