Maternal and infant mortality focus of lunch briefing
This week we welcomed legislators and partners for a moving Lunch and Learn presentation on trends in maternal and infant mortality in Colorado. The Children’s Campaign hosted the event and was joined in presenting this crucial information by the Raise Colorado coalition. Colorado’s pregnant and postpartum population has nearly double since 2008, and infant mortality rates remain high for children of color.
Advocate Joy Reynolds-Senyah shared her experience losing her son Leo hours after a traumatic birth experience. She shared her story of being ignored by providers for hours, in pain and bleeding. She asked: “Why does it seem that the lives of black infants and black mothers are not valued?”
Colorado Children’s campaign staffers Erin Miller, Jacy Montoya Price and Samantha Espinoza walked through the trends in these tragic deaths and potential solutions legislators will consider this session. They include efforts to strengthen our Maternal Mortality Review Committee and looking at enhancing several programs to start addressing disparities in infant mortality in Colorado.