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Advocates spread awareness to improve maternal health and equity

by: Amicia Ramsey Posted: Oct 12, 2022 / 02:12 PM EST / Updated: Oct 12, 2022 / 02:15 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A local nonprofit organization is advocating for Black mothers and the challenges they face before and after pregnancy.

Shades of Becoming a Mom works to provide support and resources for women of color who have lost an unborn child or infant.

The group, in partnership with Eskenazi Health, will host a community candlelight ceremony at 6 p.m. Saturday at New Birth Fellowship in Indianapolis. The event will “remember longed-for infants and unborn children,” according to a Facebook post by Shades of Becoming a Mom.

In 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention listed Indiana as having the nation’s ninth-highest infant mortality rate. There were 531 infant deaths, with an average of 6.5 infant deaths per 1,000 live births.

However, the risk for Black mothers in Indiana remains much more heightened than for their white and Hispanic counterparts.

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