Maternal and infant mortality focus of lunch briefing

Written by: Tara Manthey
Date Posted: February 1, 2019

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?”

Advocate Joy Reynolds-Senyah shared her experience losing her son Leo hours after a traumatic birth experience.

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.

Advocates share their experience

See photos from the event on our Facebook page, and listen to our recent The West Steps podcast focusing on the issues for deeper learning.

Tara Manthey

About Tara Manthey

Tara McLain Manthey joined Colorado Children's Campaign as Communications Director in May 2012. She previously worked in communications at The Kempe Foundation for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect in Aurora and Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families in Little Rock, Ark. Tara was a newspaper reporter covering education and government for nine years in Oregon, Washington state and Arkansas. A native of the Colorado mountain region and an alumna of the University of Colorado at Boulder, Tara lives in Denver with her husband and two small children.