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The Problem

Researchers call the United States the most-dangerous developed country to give birth. About 700 women die each year in the U.S. as a result of pregnancy or delivery complications. One in three maternal deaths is preventable.

Since 2018, over 21,000 infants have died each year in their first year of life. The leading causes of infant mortality are birth defects, preterm birth, injuries, sudden infant death syndrome, and pregnancy complications. The amount of infant deaths is much higher if miscarriages are factored in. For known pregnancies, 11-16% of pregnancies end in a spontaneous loss of the pregnancy before the 20th week. Most miscarriages occur because the fetus is not developing as anticipated.

With such high numbers of miscarriages, infant deaths, and maternal deaths one might assume that these issues are well known among women. However, many women report an unawareness of the issues and the available resources for grieving families. 

The Disparities 

Losing a baby or spouse due to pregnancy or delivery complications is tragic. For Black families, the pain of losing a loved one can be exacerbated by systemic racism, prejudices, implicit bias, microaggressions, and other forms of oppression.  

A National Institute of Health-funded study found that Black women are three times more likely to die than White women from a pregnancy-related cause. Maternal death disparities were concentrated in postpartum cardiomyopathy (heart muscle disease) and preeclampsia and eclampsia. The mortality rate for Black women was five times higher than White women in postpartum cardiomyopathy and preeclampsia and eclampsia.  
Black infants are two to three times more likely to die than White infants in their first year of life. 

We believe in equitable maternal care and timely support

services for grieving families. 

Our Mission

At SBMOM, we are passionately dedicated to enhancing the health and wellness of all women at every stage of motherhood, including the unimaginable experience of pregnancy and infant loss. Our mission is to provide comprehensive support, resources, and guidance that empower mothers to prioritize their well-being while moving through the journey of motherhood.

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Our Mission
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Our Vision

Every woman receives culturally competent and equitable maternal health care.


Families who experience infant loss or maternal loss have access to timely and affordable support.  

We Need Your Support Today!

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